H'COLA's Annual African-American History Festival celebrates and showcases the African-American aspect of Apalachicola and Franklin County's unique history while celebrating the national recognition of African-American History Month. The festival also provides an excellent forum for enjoying the areas beautiful natural resources while highlighting the significant achievements of local, regional, and national African-Americans.
This year the festival will kick-off with a 70's Throwback Costume Dance Party at 9:00PM Friday, February 14, inside the Recreation Center located at Franklin Square Park on 6th Street. It's in excellent opportunity for you to breakout and spit-shine those platform shoes, shake the mothballs out of that Afro-wig, press that dashiki and those bell-bottom jeans and get ready to disco down, shake your groove thing and hustle like back in the day and re-live one of the best eras and genre of music while Hi-Fi Entertainment throw it back to the max. A donation of $5 will be taken up at the door to benefit H'COLA’s Education Scholarship Fund.
The weekend festival will continue at 10:00AM Saturday, February 15, with a parade starting in front of the Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., Recreation & Community Service Complex (old high school) located on Coach Wagoner Blvd. (14th Street) and end at the park where you will find a host of exhibits, food booths, inspiration speakers, arts, crafts, music and dance throughout the day.
Saturday’s live headline entertainment will begin at 6:00PM-8:00PM and feature the sensational ‘Sharper 5’ an upstart group of young R&B singers and high energy stage performers out of Valdosta, Georgia.
The festival will conclude and close after an uplifting outdoor worship service at Noon Sunday, February 16.
For more information on the 11th Annual African-American History Festival in Historic Apalachicola you can visit H’COLA’s website at www.hcola.org.