The Kinston Music Park: Celebrating our African American Music Heritage, will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 3:30 p.m. in Kinston, N.C., which is the hub of the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina.
The park is located in the Sugar Hill district of Kinston that once was the vibrant hub of African American music venues where local and national touring musicians including Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong played.
The park, was created in partnership with the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, the N.C. Department of Transportation, Community Council for the Arts for Kinston and Lenoir County, City of Kinston, Golden LEAF, Kinston-Lenoir County Parks & Recreation, Kinston-Lenoir County Tourism Development Authority/Visit Kinston with generous contributions from many additional public and private funding partners.
The signature element of the park is a 12-foot high, 23-foot wide sculpture with images of famous jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel musicians from Kinston and surrounding communities. Created by the team of David Wilson and Brandon Yow, Intersections consists of glass panels that feature historic photographs, vintage maps and original artwork that all pay tribute to Kinston’s African American musical community.
The dedication is open to the public.
What: Dedication of the Kinston Music Park: Celebrating our African American Music Heritage
Who: Susan Kluttz, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Wayne Martin, Executive Director, North Carolina Arts Council
Remarks by Bill Myers, founder of The Monitors and early leader and advocate for the project and Edwin Jones, former Rochelle Middle School principal and brother of musician Nat Jones.
Music by Lessette Kornegay, a Kinston native and award-winning gospel singer.
Where: Kinston Music Park, corner of Spring Hill and South Queen streets
When: 3:30 p.m.
For more information contact (252) 527-2517.
To find out more about the Kinston Music Park and the African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina project visit www.africanamericanmusicnc.com