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Back To Angola Festival 2022

October 21, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Oaktree Community Outreach is hosting the annual Back to Angola Festival a 3-day event, in partnership with Reflections of Manatee. The venue is the Manatee Mineral Spring Park of Bradenton’s River walk. The event is a public humanities program and community festival that celebrates, pays homage to, and disseminates the story of the Black Seminole settlement “Angola,” its history, its inhabitants, and the resilience of its descendants. The theme for the 2022 festival is “The Power of Place,” exploring how Angola remains important in the present.

Angola represents the 1770s-1821 maroon settlement by the Manatee River, a history excavated over the last fifteen years as a community-based public research project that connected local residents of Bradenton and descendants on Andros Island, The Bahamas.

Historians will share their findings with the general public, and community leaders and descendants of Angola will share the rich influence and impact of the Angola heritage today. The Festival will feature panel discussions by scholars, demonstrations of traditions of basket weaving and wood carving, audience participation activities, food offerings, music (including Junkanoo) and art displays by descendants of Angola from The Bahamas.

This program is funded in part through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with Oaktree Community Outreach.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

October 21, 2022 @ 4:00 pm -
October 21, 2022 @ 8:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Dr. Uzi Baram, Professor of Anthropology and Director of Archaeology Lab, New College of Florida, Scholar; Dr. Canter Brown Jr., Retired Professor, Fort Valley State University, Looking for Angola - Project Historian; Scholar; Ms. Vickie J. Oldham, MFA, Newtown Alive - Project Director/ Looking for Angola - Project Lead, Scholar; Reverend James T. Golden, Past Chair Manatee County School Board, Presenter; Ms. Jean Louise Lammie, M.A., ABD, Reflections of Manatee - Executive Director, Presenter; Mr. Jason A. Brown Sr, Founder, Step by Step Enrichment Center LLC/Cultural resources management archaeologist, Presenter; Mr. Anson Stuart, M. Arch, Adjunct Professor Florida Atlantic University/ Stuart Architecture, Presenter .
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Event Contact:

Daphney Towns
(941) 933-0430

Event Venue:

Manatee Mineral Springs Park
1312 2nd Ave East
Bradenton, Florida 34208
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Venue Phone:
(941) 933-0430

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