Brunswick County’s Black History Symposium, a Three-Day Cultural Event
Celebrate Brunswick County’s Black History on February 7-9, 2020 at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461. Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend. Presenting the symposium is Donnie Joyner, a North Carolinian Black History researcher and local historian.
Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.
“Stagecoach Mary” by Ms. Carolyn Evans. Ms. Carolyn Evans is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author. Her resume includes performances at PENN Center, Inc., the Apollo and La Mama Theatres, as well as in North Buxton, Canada, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She has appeared on PBS TV and CNN TV. Ms. Evans will portray Mary Fields, known as Stagecoach Mary, the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, 1895.
Saturday, February 8
Attend a day of lectures. Stay for all or come for one.
- 10:00 a.m. – Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend.
- 11:00 p.m. – “Honoring the Legacy of Caesar Evans,” a documentary by Marion Evans. Caesar Evans was a member of the 37th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.
- 12:30 p.m. – “The Wilmington Rebellion and the Loss of African American Voting Rights,” Liz Fuller, Southport Historical Society. Hear the little-known true story of the Wilmington Rebellion of 1898 and how it led to the loss of Voting Rights for African Americans in North Carolina. Learn about the impact to Southport and about some of the men and women who worked to regain the right to vote.
- 2:30 p.m. – “Menhaden Stories: In the Spirit of Capt. Eugene Gore,” presented by David Cecelski, author of several award-winning books and hundreds of articles about history, culture and politics on the North Carolina coast. Sponsored by the NC Maritime Museum at Southport.
- 4:00 p.m. – “From South Boston to Cambridge, the Making of a Philadelphia Lawyer.” Otis L. Lee, Jr., an African- American attorney turned author, has achieved personal and professional success despite the odds of growing up during a time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Today he shares his insights and experiences through writing, video shorts and speaking engagements.
Sunday, February 9 at 3 p.m., Old Time Gospel Fest, Enjoy music from several local churches. Hosted by Ms. Gwen Wearren.
Programs for the Brunswick County Black History Symposium, A Three-Day Cultural Event are free, but donations will gratefully be accepted to go towards the Inner Church Fellowship Food Pantry. For more information, http://cityofsouthport.com
Sponsored by the City of Southport Department of Tourism.