A day of free family fun on June 8 will celebrate all things Durham; the cavalry to the rescue, and an early Juneteenth commemoration, in the first of three 2nd Saturdays programs organized by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this summer. Unique programs of arts, history, food, and fun will be found on June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10 at the 27 state historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, and a history center this summer.
Duke Homestead will offer "Bull Fest" to celebrate the Bull City's roots with local artists, businesses, live musicians and a mini food truck rodeo. The Little River Cloggers; Durham Bulls mascot Wool-E-Bull; and local artisans and craft makers selling their wares are among attractions. Demonstrations of making bags and labels for the first W. Duke and Sons pipe tobacco, cooking on a wood stove and period toys and games are just a few of the activities that will delight all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bennett Place invites you to "Join the Cavalry" in an examination of the unique role of the cavalry throughout U.S. military history. Interpreters portraying Union and Confederate soldiers on horseback will demonstrate tactics, drills and weaponry from the Civil War era. The program is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Stagville will celebrate the emancipation of the enslaved after the Civil War on June 19, 1865, when the last slaves learned they were free. Blues musician John Dee Holman, storyteller Priscilla Best, children's author Carole Boston Weatherford, and the Golden Genies dance troop are among performers. An African Drum Circle will provide a lively beat, and children's toys and games will be offered, all 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A special repeat performance of slave narratives, "Let Them Be Heard" by Bare Theatre will be presented at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available online and at the site.
For more information call (919) 807-7389 or visit www.2ndSaturdaysnc.com.
Durham is home to many historic and cultural events. Find out more at the Durham Event Calendar.