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​‘After Angelo’ Event Returns to Jamestown Settlement on February 26 for Celebration of African American Art, Music, Storytelling and Community

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., February 18, 2022 – “After Angelo” returns to Jamestown Settlement on Saturday, February 26 for a one-day special event honoring the legacy of one of the first African women mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown with a lively celebration of African American culture and heritage showcasing art, music, storytelling and community conversation.

After Angelo eventBeginning at 12 p.m. with a traditional African Libation and drum call, Chadra Pittman, founder and executive director of The Sankofa Projects will lead an opening ceremony featuring a historical reflection on “It began with a woman on the White Lion: Remembering Angelo, Araminta and the African Women who Shaped America.”

At 1 p.m., Valarie Gray Holmes will perform a moving character portrayal in “The Heart of Angela.” Other special performances on rotation throughout the afternoon include original compositions for violin by Odysseus, spirituals and gospel songs by Rejoicing, storytelling by Dylan Pritchett and Yemimah, and an end-of-day drum circle led by master drummer Adam Canaday.

A 2 p.m. community conversation using “The Artist as Griot” as its theme 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. The conversation will take place in the Robins Foundation Theater.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., African American artwork will be on display – some of which will be available for public purchase – and space will be available for local organizations promoting and empowering the Black community to share their stories and literature or host special activities. “After Angelo” is supported in part by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.

Permanent Gallery Exhibits, Films & Education Programs
Visitors to Jamestown Settlement can explore expansive permanent exhibition galleries that present one of the most varied collections of objects relating to the nation’s beginnings in 17th-century Virginia, including more than 500 objects representative of the Powhatan Indian, European and West Central African cultures that converged in 17th-century Virginia.

The introductory documentary film – “1607: A Nation Takes Root” – 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 – featuring scenes filmed in Angola.

Period artifacts, immersive films and interactive exhibits share historical accounts of the first recorded West Central 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.

As part of “After Angelo” on February 26, education carts will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to further explore the culture and heritage of West Central Africans in 17th-century Virginia.

About Jamestown Settlement
Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Museum operations have been adapted for health and safety with protective protocols. Admission tickets can be purchased online on the eStore or in person.

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. Parking is free.

For more information, call (757) 253-4838 or visit jyfmuseums.org/afterangelo.