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9 Goldsboro's own A Drummer's World will be part of the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebra- tion Jan. 27 at the North Carolina Museum of History. The statewide kickoff to Black History Month will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will fea- ture more than 75 musicians, story- tellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors and re-enac- tors. "We encourage people to come at the very beginning," said Emily Grant with the museum. "We find that when people come in the after- noon, they've missed some things because the presentations through- out the day don't repeat." The day will start with a proces- sion into the bicentennial area and into the museum. It will be led by the United States Colored Troops, representing the history of black troops and their involvement in the Civil War, Grant said. They will lead with a color guard. Next will be the Tryon Palace Jonkonnu Troupe. Jonkon- nu is an African American holiday celebration with roots that can be traced back to Jamaica and the slave ships from West Africa. When Africans were captured and sold as slaves, they brought with them many of their religious, ceremonial and festival traditions. Jonkonnu was a Christmastime tradition that blended West African and English holiday traditions into a celebration where revelers would dress in masks and multicolored clothing and form a parade that led them from house to house. The participants could set aside their daily chores and enjoy themselves with the celebration. This group also represents the past. Members of A Drummer's World will be next in the pro- cession, representing the future. Grant said that visitors can join the procession into the museum from the bicentennial area. Once inside, a gospel group will sing while the color guard posts the colors. Members of Jonkonnu and A Drummer's World will lead visitors to the different floors and different areas of the cele- bration. The Ragman with the Jonkonnu re-enactors from Tryon Palace will perform the celebration. The Ragman wears a costume made entirely of colorful rags that represent each family's spirit. story continues on page 11 Cultural celebration The 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration will recognize and celebrate the rich history of African Americans with music from Goldsboro's own A Drummer's World and a presentation by University of Mount Olive's professor Lenard Moore. Members of A Drummer's World from Goldsboro will perform at this year's African American Cultural Celebration on Jan. 27 at the North Carolina Museum of History.

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