Historic Columbia to Host 42nd Annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

COLUMBIA, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 — Join Historic Columbia (HC) virtually at Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture presented by Bank of America from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. The tradition of coming together to celebrate South Carolina’s Black history and culture will carry on; however, this year’s event will be held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing recommendations.

WACH FOX 57 will produce Jubilee as a virtual event. The festival, in its 42nd year, can be viewed through an online stream at JubileeSC.org and WACH.com while also available on digital channel WACH 57.2. It will also be made available on the WACH FOX mobile app and the STIRR app.

“While we are disappointed that we will not be able to host Jubilee in person this year, Historic Columbia is committed to the celebration of Black creatives, past and present,” noted Robin Waites, HC Executive Director. “We are excited to partner with WACH FOX 57 to make the event accessible on a free platform to our community and beyond.”

The three-hour festival will feature a virtual tour of the Mann-Simons Site and a preview of new exhibits at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House.

Viewers will get a chance to hear from generations of Columbia activists as they share their stories of inspiration and achievement from the 20th century to today’s Black Lives Matter movement.

Highlighting the list of musical guests is Matt Monday. The previously named Best Hip-Hop Artist by the Charleston City Paper, Monday has opened for such artists as Warren G, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Pastor Troy, Wiz Khalifa and J. Cole. The Charleston native has built a loyal fan base since the release of his first long play album “Chaos Theory” in 2009.

AE the Cool will also be featured. The singer and songwriter from Augusta, Georgia, has released two extended play albums, including “Dora’s Soul,” her latest EP that connects her ancestors and community with the present day struggles of navigating the world as a Black woman. Each song, according to the album’s description, “provokes a different characteristic, a different emotion, and a different call to action.”

Other acts include hip-hop artist Anfernee and music group IndigoSOUL. A Florence native and Charleston product, Anfernee tells his personal story of struggle and triumph through his uniquely woven tracks. IndigoSOUL is a Columbia-based trio of Katrina Blanding, Terrance Henderson and Kendrick Marion recently featured by the Free Times and Richland Library.

The audience will also be treated to a demonstration in weaving sweetgrass baskets from renowned artist Mary Graham-Grant.

Jubilee, Columbia’s longest running festival, is a free event and made possible by its generous sponsors Bank of America, Palmetto Citizens Credit Union, The Links Inc., Providence Health, Publix, Delta Research and Education Foundation, The Big DM and Hot 103.9.

Visit JubileeSC.org to learn more.

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.

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