40th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

September 22, 2018

  • Location: Mann-Simons Site
  • Address: 1403 Richland St., Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770 x 23
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Price: Free & Open to the public

Jubilee at 40! Now in its 40th year, this free outdoor festival brings musician, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. Jubilee is a celebration everyone can enjoy and features live music and entertainment, artist demonstrations, street vendors selling a variety of wares, products and art, historic storytelling and family-friendly activities.

Throughout the day, guests are invited to take house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House for $1 and take the African American Historic Sites Bus Tour for $2. In addition, there will be a variety of outdoor vendors selling food and beverages.

The music lineup will feature a variety of genres, including R&B, jazz, gospel and soul performances. In honor of the 40th anniversary, Kindred the Family Soul, a Philadelphia-based neo-soul duo, will headline the festival. Kindred first started recording in 2003 for their album Surrender to Love, which launched their career with several four-star reviews and two hit singles. From there, they recorded four more albums, and produced a short film to visually accompany their latest. Kindred’s music has garnered them much praise in the industry. In 2004, the group was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for “Surrender to Love,” and in 2006, they were nominated for a BET Award.