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February 2018

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musical heritage, along with a CD containing 17 recordings performed by some of the area's outstanding artists. The book is part of the North Carolina Arts Council's tourism program. The region's African-American musical her- itage has influenced many genres. Some of the jazz musicians born in Eastern North Carolina who went onto international fame include Thelonius Monk, who spent his early childhood in Rocky Mount, and Billy Taylor, whose family moved from Greenville to Washington, D.C., when he was 5. One very influential town is Kinston, which is home to a handful of men who toured with James Brown, such as funk masters Maceo and Melvin Parker. Kinston was once a frequent stop of jazz and R&B artists, who would perform in the city's largest and centrally located tobacco ware- houses, according to the guidebook. One well-known spot is the Kinston Music Park, located at Spring Hill and South Queen streets in the Sugar Hill district. It was once a hub of African-American music venues where musicians like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong played. The Music Park houses a 12 foot high by 23 foot wide sculpture with images of famous jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel musicians from Kinston and the surrounding areas. There are also colorful mosaics showing trail- 23 Wayne County has always been home — and sometimes just a stopping place — for numerous musicians. These musicians are chroni- cled in The African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina guidebook. The 128-page book charts a cultural journey through Wayne and seven other nearby counties, including Wilson, Edgecombe, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Nash and Pitt. continued from page 22 Historical NOTES Pictured is a display of the African-American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina in Kinston Music Park. story continues on page 24 Alando Mitchel

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