February 26, 2022
“After Angelo” returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 26, for a special one-day event honoring the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, featuring a lively celebration of African American culture and heritage with art, music, storytelling and a community conversation.
Beginning at 12 p.m., Chadra Pittman, founder and executive director of The Sankofa Projects will present the opening ceremony with “It began with a woman on the White Lion: Remembering Angelo, Araminta and the African Women who Shaped America,” featuring traditional African Libation and drum call.
At 1 p.m., Valarie Gray Holmes will perform a moving character portrayal in “The Heart of Angela.” Other performances in rotation throughout the day include original compositions for violin performed by Odysseus, spirituals and gospel song by Rejoicing, storytelling by Dylan Pritchett, and an end-of-day drum circle led by master drummer Adam Canaday.
Using “The Artist as Griot” as the theme, a 2 p.m. community conversation will feature Barbara Hamm Lee, host of WHRV’s “Another View” radio program, and Steve Prince, distinguished artist in residence at William & Mary’s Muscarelle Museum of Art.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., explore African Cultural Heritage education carts and view artwork by African American artists on display, some of which will be available for purchase.
All programs and activities have been adapted to meet protective protocols and social-distancing procedures to create a safe museum environment for everyone to enjoy. Capacity is limited in indoor performance locations. Event activities included with museum admission.
“After Angelo” special event supported in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.
Museum Gallery Exhibits & Films
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jamestown Settlement’s expansive gallery exhibits and dramatic films tell the story of Virginia Indian, English and West Central African cultures who converged in the 17th century. The documentary film, “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” shown every 30 minutes in the museum theater, traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles the arrival of the first recorded West Central Africans in 1619. Period artifacts and immersive films and exhibits share historical accounts of the first documented Africans to Virginia in 1619, their homeland in Ndongo (Angola), life in the Virginia colony, development of the transatlantic slave trade and the evolution of a new African American culture.
About Jamestown Settlement
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg and features expansive exhibition galleries and films that connect visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and West Central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown. In February, outdoor living-history areas are accessible by guided tours and feature historical interpretation in re-creations of a Paspahegh town, 1607 English ships and a colonial fort.
All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission: $18.00 for adults, $9.00 for ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. For more information, call (757) 253-4838.