(Elizabeth City, NC) The Museum of the Albemarle will take a look at the history of blacks in the Albemarle region from the Colonial period, through slavery, the Jim Crow era, and into the present on Saturday, June 12 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Period presenters as well as modern-day artists and craftsmen will enhance themes and artifacts presented in “Our Story.” Dee Ponte of Albemarle Plantation will demonstrate chair caning and answer your questions regarding this interesting craft. Children of all ages can participate in hands-on activities: candle dipping, marble making and doll making.
The Museum Gift Shop will spotlight the designs of local artisans, many of which will hold demonstrations throughout the day. Three Squares Café will be selling fun food for children and adults. Waterlillies will present an aromatherapy demonstration and offer aromatherapy items for sale. Nana Vee Terry will demonstrate African fabric painting and jewelry making. The Downtown Waterfront Market will be open from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Mariners’ Wharf Park. The market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods and handcrafted items from the Albemarle Region.
Representatives from Tillery will be on hand all day with information about the Concerned Citizens of Tillery as well as the history of the community. Tillery is a former plantation where, after the Civil War, former slaves worked the land as sharecroppers. When Franklin Roosevelt instituted the New Deal Resettlement Program in the 1930s, black families were offered the opportunity to purchase land at Tillery. Today, the Concerned Citizens of Tillery exists as a model community based organization whose purpose is to promote and improve the social, economic, and educational welfare of the citizens in the surrounding community through the self-development of its members. The History House Museum at Tillery celebrates the history of the community with informative and interactive exhibits.
- 10:00 am : Tillery Community will present a brief documentary followed by a question and answer session with members of the organization in the Gaither Auditorium.
- 11:00 am : Jerome Bias: The Furniture of Thomas Day. Thomas Day is one of the greatest North Carolina cabinet makers of the 19th century, and as a free black man, is a major inspiration for the artisan Jerome Bias. Watch Thomas day come to life through Bias’ hands. Bias makes furniture using only 18th century tools and techniques. Much of Bias’ work reflects his North Carolina heritage and many pieces are inspired by Day.
- 2:00 pm : Uphill will present “Mojo 101” in Gaither Auditorium. The one hour presentation discusses differences in regional blues styles. What makes our Piedmont Carolina blues sound different from Chicago blues?
- 3:00 pm : Uphill will play blues straight out of the Swampland with a mix of original blues and revitalizing versions of lost classics from Chicago to the Delta. Uphill has brought their own Carolina tang to the table since 2005. Members of Uphill are Deacon Blues capturing the soul of guitar legends from Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris "Catdaddy" Palestrant on keys and the Deacons gut busting blues harp; and British bassist Tim Orton and Virginia Beach native Isaiah Hunter on drums. The members provide listeners with a powerful heartbeat injected with humor, passion and mojo.
Support for the musical programs is made possible though a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Closed Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the NC. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com