ROCKY MOUNT,Va. -

The 15th Annual Warren Street Festival starts Friday. It helps educate the community about Rocky Mount's African American history.

“I want them to know that years ago we had businesses in town. Before the 60s, there were black businesses all the way down Warren Street,” said Event Chair Darlene Swain.

The festival begins Friday, August 15, 5 p.m., at the farmer's market in Rocky Mount.