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Event honors black history

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett History Museum celebrated black history Saturday with an event for all ages.

As children enjoyed activities and crafts, making Kente cloth paper dolls and sewing together heritage quilt pieces with the help of Central Gwinnett Key Club members, adults listened as speaker Billy Murray gave a presentation on the history of spirituals, filling the Lawrenceville Female Seminary with a strong voice as he sang examples.

Kids and adults sat together as they enjoyed the storytelling of Akbar Imhotep, who passed out percussion instruments so his audience could join him as he combined sound, movement and music into his stories.

A pictorial history was on display in the downstairs schoolroom and upstairs, the museum featured posters that profiled black leaders, athletes and musician designed by Michael Andrews' fifth grade class at Winn Holt Elementary.

Pastor Richard Haynes was expected to present the tradition of call and response singing and folk singer-songwriter Veronika Jackson was expected to perform Saturday afternoon.

Jennifer Collins, director of the Gwinnett History Museum, said the event will be an annual one celebrating Black History Month each February.