The Outer Banks Voice – North Carolina African American Musicians’ Exhibition Opening at Roanoke Island Festival Park


North Carolina African American Musicians’ Exhibition opens at Roanoke Island Festival Park

By Outer Banks Voice on October 12, 2021

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Mary D. Williams, gospel singer from Garner, North Carolina

Roanoke Island Festival Park invites the public to visit its latest traveling exhibition, African American Musicians of North Carolina, from October 13 to December 30, 2021.

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

Guests can also learn about the NC 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 musical creations by the Black North Carolinians. Adjacent to the exhibit is a music room featuring various musical instruments represented throughout the exhibit. Customers can view this free exhibit in the ticket gallery during park hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. African American Heritage Commission and North Carolina Arts Council. The instruments in the exhibition are on loan from the Jubilee Music Store located in Kill Devil Hills.

The NC Roanoke Island Festival Park is part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency whose vision is to be the leader in the use of natural and cultural resources of the state to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary D. Reid Wilson, the mission of NCDNCR 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 history of the state, conserving the natural heritage of the state, encouraging recreational and cultural tourism and promoting economic development.

The 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 NC zoo, the premier symphony orchestra supported by State, State Library, State Archives, NC Arts Council, State Preservation Office, and Office of State Archeology, as well as the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit

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