Celebrate Black History Month in Apalachicola this weekend

 APALACHICOLA, Fla. (WMBB) – The 21st annual African American History Festival will be held at Franklin Square in Apalachicola this weekend. Community members are encouraged to attend on Friday, February 16th, Saturday, February 17th, and Sunday, February 18th. Some of the biggest attractions during the festival include an adult formal party on Friday at 9 […] [[{“value”:”

APALACHICOLA, Fla. (WMBB) – The 21st annual African American History Festival will be held at Franklin Square in Apalachicola this weekend.

Community members are encouraged to attend on Friday, February 16th, Saturday, February 17th, and Sunday, February 18th. 

Some of the biggest attractions during the festival include an adult formal party on Friday at 9 p.m., a parade on Saturday at noon, and outdoor worship at noon on Sunday.

Festival hosts, the Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola, or H’COLA, say the festival returns each year so the younger generation can better appreciate their history.


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“It’s important that H’COLA and other organizations have such forums as a black history festival as these panels so they will learn about their culture, about their heritage, about their ancestors,” said H’COLA President Elinor Mount-Simmons. “That’s important to know about who they are.”

The African American History Festival is free to attend for all ages. 

To see the full list of events or learn more about the work H’COLA does, click here.

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