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October 16 and 17, 1998 marked the first Sweet Home Folklife Days. Kentwood’s African American community opened its doors to its own and to anyone else who wanted to see demonstrations in everything from broom making and quilting to cooking and baking. Traditional cooking was explored and samples offered of such Sweet Home staples as sweet potato tarts, syrup bread, and chicken pie. Dis-cussion panels explored time-honored traditions in daily life, storytellers passed down family folklore, and gospel performers from eight local churches filled the air with soul-stirring music. Approx-imately 1,000 people attended the event —an event celebrating traditions once considered embarrassing and of no value.
Please join host Antoinette Harrell as she welcome her special guest Marcia Wilson curator for an discussion on the upcoming events at Sweet Home Baptist Church Folklife Museuem.
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