Provided by BOCS Chair Ann Wheeler’s Office
At the Tuesday, July 25, Meeting the BOCS proclaimed, affirmed, and recognized the 33rd African-American Heritage Festival and encouraged all residents to join in honoring and celebrating the Manassas African American Heritage Festival on Aug. 5.
The Manassas African-American Heritage Festival will be Saturday, Aug. 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Metz Middle School. The family-friendly festival has grown to include more than 125 exhibitors, including arts and crafts dealers, retailers of African wares, youth groups, colleges and school exhibits, health fair, business and job expos, Classic Car Show, and great food vendors. Lawn chairs are welcome. Admission is free.
History of the Festival
The Manassas African-American Heritage Festival was started in August 1990 in celebration of the vast contributions made by African Americans to our County’s history and identity. The festival grew out of the work of the VOICE Newspaper, a local newspaper dedicated to informing the African American Community. This year, its theme is in line with the 2023 Black History Month theme, Black Resistance, and takes a look at how African Americans have fought repression from late August 1619, when 20 to 30 enslaved Africans landed at Point Comfort, today’s Fort Monroe, in Hampton, Virginia.