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Fredericksburg Area Museum presents

Hen Asem Program Series


 
FAM Hen Asem Programing

 


The Fredericksburg Area Museum (FAM), in conjunction with the Congressional 400 Years of African American History Commission, established a year-long program series titled Hen Asem, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, VA, in 1619.

Virginia’s 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, officially began in October, and the FAM’s programming supports not only the state’s commemoration, but also the Nation’s.

In addition, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced that 2019 is the “Year of Return” for descendants of all Africans captured and transported to the Americas as slaves. FAM’s programming aims to bring these international initiatives to the local level.

Derived from the fante/twi words of the Ghanaian language, Hen Asem means “Our Story.” Programming will include a lineup of performances, workshops, lectures, school events, and family programming focused on African American stories, with attention to the beginning of the passage of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Hen Asem will include a lineup of performances, lectures, and family programming focused on African American stories as well as Fredericksburg’s African connections. This series hopes to bring Fredericksburg closer to its African connections.

This pivotal program series is graciously sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg.  Support provided by the City enables FAM’s Hen Asem committee to present quality cultural and educational programming in an effort to unify and better understand our diverse community and history.

All the events in this series are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Theresa Cramer (540-371-3037 x 138) or Sonja P. Wise (540-372-1010 x 304).

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Come visits us at Fredericksburg’s Juneteenth celebration, an event that commemorates of the end of slavery in Texas in 1865. The event will be held at New City Fellowship, 200 Prince Edward St., from 12:00 – 7:00pm

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SEP 19

FAM - Evening with An Expert Lecture Series: Hen Asem

Venue: Renwick Building
Cost: Free
Sep 19, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

FAM is pleased to announce the return of their lecture series, Evening with An Expert. This year’s series “Evening with An Expert: Hen Asem” will explore topics like African American history and genealogy. These programs will be held at the Renwick Building (previously the Fredericksburg City Renwick Courthouse), 815 Princess Anne Street, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

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OCT 12

Second Saturday at FAM: Kundum

Venue: Fredericksburg Historic Market Square
Cost: Free
Oct 12, 2019 11:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us in historic Market Square at 11am to celebrate the Ghanaian festival Kundum. This celebration will include special performances as well as family crafts, and activities! This pivotal program series is graciously sponsored by the City of Fredericksburg. All the events in this series are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Theresa Cramer (540-371-3037 x 138) or Sonja P. Wise (540-372-1010 x 304).

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OCT 17

FAM - Evening with An Expert Lecture Series: Hen Asem

Venue: Renwick Building
Cost: Free
Oct 17, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

FAM is pleased to announce the return of their lecture series, Evening with An Expert. This year’s series “Evening with An Expert: Hen Asem” will explore topics like African American history and genealogy. These programs will be held at the Renwick Building (previously the Fredericksburg City Renwick Courthouse), 815 Princess Anne Street, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

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NOV 21

FAM - Evening with An Expert Lecture Series: Hen Asem

Venue: Renwick Building
Cost: Free
Nov 21, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

FAM is pleased to announce the return of their lecture series, Evening with An Expert. This year’s series “Evening with An Expert: Hen Asem” will explore topics like African American history and genealogy. These programs will be held at the Renwick Building (previously the Fredericksburg City Renwick Courthouse), 815 Princess Anne Street, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

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