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Jonkunnu Celebration at Bellamy Mansion

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Traditional African-American music and folk dancers took over the streets around the Bellamy Mansion on Saturday. The second annual Jonkunnu Celebration captured the attention of people from all over. It's a Christmas celebration dating back to the 1840’s when African-American slaves were allowed to celebrate the Christmas holiday with their master and his family. Frances Burney-Matthews explained, "It's really a part of our heritage that is really not well known, and by coming and participating you will come to understand the African-American history or culture better." Part of the celebration included dancing, African drum beats, and mask making.

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