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February 24, 2017
Crossroad Festival: Exploring Jefferson County's Cultural Heritage
Location: Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas

Time: 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Contact: 870.536.3375
Admission: Free Public Event

The Crossroad Festival is supported in part by a major grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and National Endowment for the Humanities. Major community sponsors are the City of Pine Bluff and Go Forward Pine Bluff.

The Crossroad Festival is a three-day event exploring the region's French, Quapaw Indian and African American cultural heritage from its historic roots to contemporary iterations through the interpretive lens of film, music, dance and living history.

On Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., this time will be dedicated to dance performances, traditional crafts and food demos by members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma. Traditional crafts demos will be set up in the galleries, and traditional foods will be prepared for attendees outside on the patio.

Additionally, exhibit panels detailing the Quapaw’s presence in Jefferson Co., land treaty negotiations, Chief Heckaton, legend of Saracen, archeological record, will be on display during the entire Saturday event.

On Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., there will be a living history program on prominent African American residents of Jefferson County by the Arkansas based living history group, Voices in the Past, in the Bellamy Theatre. The group will interpret the stories of several of Pine Bluff and Jefferson County’s artists, musicians, and business people, as well as WPA slave narratives collected from Jefferson County.

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