Roanoke Valley community celebrates Henry Street Heritage Festival

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 9:26 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Dozens of people gathered in Elmwood Park Saturday afternoon for the 32nd annual Henry Street Heritage festival.

Community members were able to celebrate African-American heritage with Black-owned businesses and restaurants.

Admission was free on Saturday until 5 p.m. The festival proceeds go toward the Harrison Museum of African American Culture.

A member of the festival’s volunteer planning committee explained it’s important to give Black-owned businesses a platform in the community.

”It’s all about celebrating Black excellence,” Kianna Price Marshall said. “We are ecstatic that our food vendors and our merchant vendors are all Black-owned businesses, it’s a wonderful way to support them.”

SWV and Robin Thicke also performed Saturday night at Elmwood Park.

The festival presold more than 2,000 tickets for this year’s event.