After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America
February 23, 2019
African-American women, from 1619 to today, are honored as Jamestown Settlement presents “After Angelo: Celebrating Black Women in America” on February 23. The legacy of Angelo, the first African woman mentioned by name in the historical record at Jamestown, and African-American women in Virginia are celebrated with a day of music, dramatic performance and historical presentations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a night of jazz and blues from 6 to 10 p.m.
“After Angelo” begins with a welcome ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater honoring 1619’s first African arrivals and the tenacious spirit of the African women, and men, who strove to preserve and pass on their unique cultures and heritage in early Virginia. At 11 a.m., keynote speaker Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Norfolk State University, will explore “Building the Black Community,” followed by a moderated panel discussion at 12-1 p.m. where panelists will explore “Re-interpreting History through the Lives and Eyes of Black Women” with an opportunity for audience participation and a question-and-answer session.
Throughout the day, live entertainment in the Rotunda features performances by Time for Two Violin & Cello Duo, Claves Unidos dance collective, and Masaharu Effect, featuring vocalist Kristen Merritt. In the Great Hall and galleries, storytelling, character portrayals and historical interpretations will both enchant and educate visitors. Families also can enjoy face painting, crafts and games.
“After Angelo” continues into the evening with a night of jazz and blues starting at 6 p.m. This special ticketed nighttime concert features performances by Liz Montgomery & Jazz Trio at 7 p.m. and Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers from 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the Robins Foundation Theater. Concessions will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission, and a separate ticket to this evening event must be purchased in advance or at the door for $20 at bit.ly/nightofjazzandblues.
When Angelo stepped off the ship “Treasurer” to view her new home in Virginia, she saw no one who looked like her – only her captors. Having arrived in 1619 as an enslaved woman from the Portuguese colony of Angola in west central Africa, not much is known about Angelo’s life in Virginia. However, her story is recorded in the 1625 “Muster of the Inhabitants of Virginia,” on loan from The National Archives for the first time in 400 years and told as part of Jamestown Settlement’s new special exhibition “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” – a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. only as part of the evening ticketed concert on February 23.
“After Angelo” is an integral part of African-American Cultural Heritage Month at Jamestown Settlement, with monthlong activities and educational demonstrations accompanied by engaging visuals and music that invites visitors to compare Angolan culture with that of the English and Powhatan Indians they encountered in Virginia. At the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, periodic lectures throughout the month and daily programming will explore the role and impact of African Americans on both sides of the war.
After Angelo: Daytime Activities
All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission.
ROBINS FOUNDATION THEATER
10-10:30 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Ceremony with Barbara Hamm Lee, executive producer and host of WHRV-FM’s Another View, Libation by Corey Staten of Atumpan Edutainment and performance by ACT Dance Theatre Drums & Dancers.
11-11:30 a.m. – “Building the Black Community” keynote by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Norfolk State University.
12-1 p.m. – “Re-Interpreting History through the Lives and Eyes of Black Women” panel discussion moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, with panelists Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, Katrinah Lewis, artistic director of museum theatre at Colonial Williamsburg, and Courtney H. Fuller, instructional specialist in the department of special education at WJCC Public Schools.
10:45 a.m./2:15 p.m. – Performances by The Masaharu Effect, featuring vocalist Kristen Merritt and bassist Ian Wright as they blaze a jazzy trail with original music and vintage style covers.
11:30 a.m. – Performance by ACT Dance Theatre Drums & Dancers, part of Atumpan
Edutainment, a nonprofit arts education organization specializing in African culture.
12:15 p.m./3 p.m. – Performances by Time for 2 Violin & Cello Duo, with 14 year old violinist, Kearston Gonzales, and 12 year old cellist, Kendall Gonzales.
1:15 p.m./3:45 p.m. – Performances by Claves Unidos, a Richmond based arts collective featuring a lively blend of dances with African roots from the Caribbean and Americas.
10:30 a.m./12 p.m./3 p.m. – Story & Song with Sylvia Tabb Lee
11:15 a.m./1:30 p.m./3:45 p.m. – Storytelling with Deborah Canty-Downs
12:45 p.m./2:15 p.m. – Storytelling with Atumpan Edutainment
Throughout the Day – Crafts, Games & Face Painting
After Angelo: A Night of Jazz & Blues
A separate ticket is required to attend the evening concert and can be purchased for $20 by clicking here.
6-7 p.m. – Special Access to “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” exhibition
7 p.m. – Liz Montgomery & Jazz Trio
8:30 p.m. – Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers
About Jamestown Settlement
Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg and features expansive exhibition galleries and films that connect visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown, and historical interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 English ships and colonial fort. Jamestown Settlement is a stage for special exhibitions, events and programs in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, honoring the 400th anniversary of key historical events in Virginia in 1619. The “TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia” special exhibition, a legacy project of the 2019 Commemoration, explores captivating and little-known stories of Powhatan Indian, English and African women in 17th-century Virginia, and will be accompanied this year by more than a dozen public lectures, special events and performances.
All daytime performances, activities and speaker presentations during this special event are included with museum admission: $17.50 for adults, $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12. A separate ticket is required to attend the evening concert and can be purchased for $20 at bit.ly/after-angelo.
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