African American Musicians of North Carolina Exhibit Opening at Roanoke Island Festival Park

By on October 12, 2021

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Mary D. Williams, gospel singer from Garner, N.C.

Roanoke Island Festival Park invites the public to visit its latest traveling exhibit, African American Musicians of North Carolina, opening Oct. 13 through Dec. 30, 2021.

This free exhibit celebrates the contributions of individuals and bands to regional and popular culture and features various musical genres highlighting African American musicians. These genres include string bands, blues, gospel, jazz, soul, funk, and hip hop.

Guests can also learn about the N.C. Arts Council’s African American Music Trail through the state’s central coastal plain. An interactive touch screen allows visitors to meet and listen to examples of Black North Carolinians’ musical creations. Adjacent to the exhibit is a music room featuring various musical instruments represented throughout the exhibit. Guests can view this free exhibit in the Ticket Sales Gallery during the park’s operating hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. This exhibit is on loan and made possible by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Education and Outreach Division, the N.C. African American Heritage Commission, and the N.C. Arts Council. Instruments in the exhibit are on loan from the Jubilee Music Store located in Kill Devil Hills.

N.C. Roanoke Island Festival Park is a part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational, and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary D. Reid Wilson, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit




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