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Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Arts Festival

Updated: May 28, 2019

Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park hosted their 10th annual art festival in Winter Park Square. Barbara Chandler hosted the festival on Saturday April 27th. There were art vendors, artist, jewelry vendors along with literary vendor booths, all promoting education for the community and kids. You could smell the aroma of Jamaican food cooking coming from the food truck at the festival. The Hannibal Square Museum was open to the public for the community to see and view photography of African Americans who were born in Winter Park seven to eighty years ago. These portraits lined the walls of the museum on both levels of the building.

Janet Autherine James / Author reads from her book (Growing into Greatness with God)

As I toured the museum I could hear the sound of African Drums and the patter of feet dancing to the drums. I followed the sound of music and I ended up in the drive way of the museum where the dancers were performing. There were workshops open to the public on the second floor of the museum, and workshops set up on the front porch of the museum. I’m glad decide to take the trip today. It turned out to be a day of poetry readings, dancing, and celebrating the arts. Hannibal Square is in the Heart of Winter Park’s Historical African American West Side. The museum is surrounded by boutiques, restaurants, and even a splash park for the kids to enjoy themselves.

Just minutes away from the center you can also visit the Black Heritage Trails sites, including the Historical home of “Zora Neal Hurston” in the Town of Eatonville Florida and several other museums in Orlando Florida.

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