Niagara Movement Centennial entertainment schedule

August 17, 2006

The following is a list of entertainment highlights during the Niagara Movement Centennial at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park:


· 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. - Dramatic re-enactment of the landmark 1898 West Virginia civil rights court decision that bolstered equal educational opportunities; Curtis Freewill Baptist Church, on the grounds of Storer College. Free tickets are required. Call 304-535-6166.

Friday, Aug. 18

·5:30 p.m. - Catered reception; Howard Burns Ensemble, Food Court

· 6:45 to 7 p.m. - Gospel Prelude, The Shiloh Baptist Church Gospel Choir of Washington, D.C.; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 7 to 7:45 p.m. - Welcoming ceremony; Murray Stage

· 8 to 8:45 p.m. - Dramatic presentation "Women of Niagara," written by Donzaleigh Abernathy, actress, author and daughter of the late Rev. Ralph David Abernathy; Du Bois Tent.


· 9 to 10:15 p.m. - "African American Music in the Age of Niagara," Dr. Michael White's New Orleans Jazz Ensemble; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

Saturday, Aug. 19

· 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Musical prelude, Howard Burns Ensemble; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. - Gospel concert, The Dixie Hummingbirds; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Book and CD signing and reception featuring authors and artists; Mather Lawn

· 7 to 9 p.m. - "Breaking Barriers in America: Music by the World Famous Count Basie Orchestra," featuring the debut of original Niagara Movement Centennial Score, "Niagara Suite," written and conducted by Frank Foster; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent).

· 8 to 10 p.m. - Music for kids featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Bolivar Heights, Washington Street in Bolivar

· 9:15 to 10 p.m. - Scotty Barnhart Quartet featuring special guest musicians; Du Bois Tent

Sunday, Aug. 20

· Noon to 1 p.m. - Odetta performing Songs of Freedom and Inspiration; Murray Stage (Inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

· 1 to 2 p.m. - Howard Burns Ensemble; Harpers Ferry Center Patio

· 2:45 to 4 p.m. - Music by Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet; Murray Stage (inclement weather site, Du Bois Tent)

Admission to the park and the events is free.

Free shuttle service will be provided from the park's Visitors Center off U.S. 340 to the grounds of Storer College from Friday at 5 p.m. through the close of the commemoration on Sunday.

To get to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park's Visitors Center from Hagerstown, take Alternate U.S. 40 through Boonsboro to Md. 67 south. Take Md. 67 to U.S. 340 west toward Charles Town, W.Va., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va. After crossing the Shenandoah River, and going about 3/4 of a mile, turn left at the first traffic light to get to the Visitors Center. There will be signs along U.S. 340 for the Visitors Center.

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