(VIRGINIA BEACH, VA) Explore the history and culture of African American music at the African American Music Month Festival on June 9. Performances are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the lawn at the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum, located at the Renaissance Academy at 5100 Cleveland Street in Virginia Beach.
This event, sponsored in part by the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni Association, LLC, features performances by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, the Gospel Music Workshop of America- Tidewater Chapter, and the Mosaic Steel Drum Orchestra. The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra plays instruments similar to those utilized by early enslaved Africans. The Gospel Music Workshop of America- Tidewater Chapter will sing selections bridging the period of slavery and the civil rights movement. The Mosaic Steel Drum Orchestra highlights Afro-Caribbean music traditions in the 1930s. Additionally, visitors will be treated to history of African American music segments throughout the day. The event is free to attend and a food truck will be on-site. Visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs or towels to sit on during the performances. The festival will be moved indoors in the event of rain. The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will be open for tours. More information, including the full schedule, can be found on the Virginia Beach History Museums website at www.museumsvb.org.
About the Virginia Beach History Museums:
The Virginia Beach History Museums include the Francis Land House, Thoroughgood House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums, which provides stewardship of the City’s historic resources and programs to educate the community about local history.# # #