The Harnett County African-American Experience presents the Harnett County African-American Heritage Festival. This festival will take place through the month of February in and around various venues in Harnett County.
The Grand Festival Day is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Erwin Church of God Gymnasium located at 109 West C. St. Erwin. There will be vendors, food, entertainment and Kidville, for ages 3-12. Entertainment will be by the Sandhills Family Heritage Association Sankofa Players,
Gospel Fest 2020 will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. at Triton High School Auditorium, located on Maynard Lake Road, Erwin. The concert features John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir of Charlotte, and Christopher Ervin and the Abraham Descendants of Charlotte. Ervin is a native of Harnett County and a direct descendant of Minister Jack Murchison of Olivia.
There will be a book signing Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Dunn Area History Museum (202 East Broad St., Dunn), featuring Desi L. Campbell, whose latest book “The Campbell Story,” is a written documentary of the Campbell and Cameron families enslaved by Archibald Campbell in the Upper Little River and Barbecue townships of Cumberland, now Harnett County.
A video documentary will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Lillington Branch of the Harnett County Library. The documentary features the story of two slaves named Joe and Jennie McLean and their 13 children.
African-Americans interested in learning more about genealogy may be interested in attending the “Harnett County Genealogy Roadshow” Saturday, Feb. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The special guest will be Kenyatta Berry, host of the PBS program “The Genealogy Roadshow.” She will discuss techniques and give information on how to research your family. She will also answer questions as it relates to genealogy research. She will also be signing her latest book release “Family Tree Toolkit 101.” Admission is $5. The event will be held in Scott Concert Hall at Campbell University, 143 Main St., Buies Creek.
For more information regarding events and tickets, contact Desi L. Campbell at (910) 491-1120 or visit www.africanamericanexperience.org.