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Monitors to perform Friday night in New Bern

June 25, 2014

Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.



June 25--Tryon Palace has a concert and a historical document exhibit scheduled this weekend.

The Palace and the Jazz Preservation Society, in collaboration with the Craven Arts Council and Gallery, will present "50 Years of Legendary Jazz" with the Monitors Friday night during a 7 p.m. performance in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.

The ensemble has played at concerts, cabarets and street festivals, and performed opening concerts for stars such as Ray Charles and Roberta Flack, as well as being the back-up band for celebrity artists such as Otis Redding, Millie Jackson, Major Lance, Faye Adams, Joyce Thorne, Connie Harvey, Maceo Parker and Milton Bullock.

The Monitors were the featured guests with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, and they recently completed a tour in North and South Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony. Myers, Hunter, Knight and Lathan are also featured on the African-American Music Trail.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Bank of the Arts, located at 317 Middle St., in downtown New Bern.

North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be on display Saturday at the History Center. This exhibition is free to the public and lasts from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

In observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and in recognition of Juneteenth -- June 19, the date many African-Americans observe as when the last of the enslaved in 1865 learned they were free -- North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment is touring around the state this month. There are seven planned stops on the tour, all at state historical sites. This tour will be the first time that the document has traveled outside of Raleigh.

Two artifacts related to enslaved North Carolinians will accompany the document during its time in New Bern. On loan from the N.C. Museum of History's collection, the two items include a shoe that was made during the Civil War for an unidentified enslaved person in Johnston County, and a shackle that physically embodies the chained relocation of Africans to the Americas.

The traveling exhibit is a collaboration among the State Archives, Division of State Historic Sites, Museum of History, and the N.C. African American Heritage Commission.

For additional information, call 639-3500.

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