African-American heritage celebrated at Henry Street Festival

Published: Sep. 14, 2019 at 7:03 PM EDT
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People gathered in Elmwood Park in Roanoke Saturday to celebrate at the 30th annual Henry Street Heritage Festival. It's a community event with diverse entertainment, educational forums, and exposure to African-American heritage. There is musical acts, food, and shopping.

"It's a historical festival that brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate and learn the history of African Americans, how far we've come you know, and how far we got to go," Joanna Diabe, who owns a clothing vendor that was set up at the festival, said.

During segregation, Henry Street was the center of Roanoke's black community.

Proceeds from the festival support Roanoke's Harrison Museum of African American Culture.

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