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A few months ago, Mr. Jerome Bias approached me with an idea. Jerome works for Old Salem but his expertise in his art and living history has led to his serving on several boards of organizations and committees dealing with North Carolina’s African American history. One of them is Historic Stagville , a 237 year old property steeped in history. On September 7, 2013, Historic Stagville will be hosting a full day of activities for a Harvest Festival followed by a much needed fundraiser dinner to be enjoyed at Horton Grove, one of the many slave quarters that made up the vast holdings of the Bennehan and Cameron families. You see, at one time, this was an almost 30,000 acre operation in 1860 growing corn, wheat, tobacco, cotton and flax. Over 900 enslaved African Americans lived and died here. We want to honor their memory and the history of the thousands upon thousands of descendants they entrusted their legacy to. We want you there for this historic event.
Interpreters from across the South and East Coast and experts on food and Southern culture including my co-chef, Ms. Clarissa Lynch,
will be gathering to prepare this meal that will be sourced from as many local sources as we can muster, and we hope many of those sources will be African American farmers in North Carolina who desperately need our support, promotion, and business. We will be making a pit covered with saplings and will barbecue all day over oak, hickory and fruit woods for the meal, and we will turn fresh produce and fruit into cast iron cooked delicacies for our side dishes and desserts. Nearly all the food will be cooked according to 19th century methods and the recipes will reflect the celebratory foods as eaten by enslaved North Carolinians and Free Blacks in antebellum times. We are currently sourcing our food and growing some of it ourselves in various gardens, making sure that every bite is as authentic as we can make it. From little green and white cymling squashes to rich red and pink heirloom tomatoes to golden sweet potatoes and gleaming collard greens. We want you to come, sit down with our farmers, with the descendants of the Bennehan-Cameron plantation community and enjoy a meal you will never forget. Come during the day and you will see it being prepared using historical methods. Date: September 7, 2013 Place: 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham NC, 27712 Time: All Day for Harvest Festival, Dinner is at 5 PM. There will be demonstrations of historic crafts, workshops on healthy eating, genealogy, etc. The harvest festival is free and free small-tastings will be open to the whole community from 11:00-11:30 and 1:00-1:45.
What You Need to Know: The Historic Stagville Foundation is pleased to present a unique cultural experience with acclaimed historian and chef Michael Twitty. From 9 am to 4 pm, on September 7, Twitty will be teaching the public about about African American foodways of the 18th and 19th century to today and cooking period recipes over an open hearth with costumed interpreters. Other activities include demonstrations by African American quilters, craftsmen, and genealogists. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stagville State Historic Site at (919) 620-0120 or visit www.stagville.org. Tickets for the sit down meal at 5 pm are limited. They are still 75$ to help raise money for the Stagville Foundation. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Board President Ernest Dollar directly to purchase a ticket at email@example.com
We still need a lot to carry this dinner out! If you are considering making a donation specifically to the dinner effort please specify as such and contact Ernest Dollar at firstname.lastname@example.org. To volunteer the days before or day of, please contact Historic Stagville directly through the email provided or call them at (919) 620-0120.
Folks: We are pleased to announce James Beard Award winning Chef Hugh Acheson of Athens, GA will be joining us as we prep for and prepare this meal! Please learn more about Hugh here.