10th Cavalry Troop A, Buffalo Soldiers Re-enactors Photo: Willie "Jeff" Moody
Jubilee: Festival of Heritage
A celebration of African-American heritage and
culture, Jubilee: Festival of Heritage has been celebrated at the
Mann-Simons Cottage in Columbia, South Carolina, for 21 years. The
cottage was the home of Celia Mann, a free black midwife in
antebellum Columbia. The festival captures the historical
perspective of life in the nineteenth century as exemplified by one
family who live in the cottage for over a hundred years, and draws
attention to the significant contributions of African Americans in
shaping the history of both Columbia and South Carolina.
In the last several years, the festival has grown
considerably in size and diversity in audience, necessitating the
addition of several more historic sites as venues for new Jubilee
events, for example, a gala dedicated to the African-American
influence on music. New educational events included re-enactments
of camp life with horses, tents and camp gear by the Buffalo
Soldiers and re-enactments of ranch/frontier life by cowboys from
Greenfield Farms. Also featured were traditional story-telling and
African drumming; appearances by local South Carolina
African-American authors who autographed copies of their books; and
a demonstration of traditional African-American art forms by local
artisans, including basket-weaving, quiliting, the forging of
iron and the crafting of wooden walking-sticks. Music was provided
by a contemporary jazz ensemble and a classic R & B soul band.
An unusual aspect of the 1999 Jubilee was a performance by the
Double Dutch jump-rope world champions, "Delta Force," who
demonstrated their incredible skill and style. Festival goers were
also treated to a tour of 25 African-American heritage sites,
"Homeplaces, Workplaces, Resting Places," by the Historic
Project documentation comprises sixteen 8 x 10 color
photos with descriptions; a seven-page report describing the
Jubilee; an additional report on the Historic Columbia Foundation,
which manages the event; newspaper clippings; Festival brochures,
programs, and flyers; a map of the Jubilee sites; video coverage of
the event; and a media kit and tee-shirt from the 1999 Jubilee.
Originally submitted by: James E. Clyburn, Representative (6th District).
The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.