Awas, owner of Awa’s African Art, proudly displays her baskets, jewelry, furniture and other items at the Elegba Folklore Society’s 31st Annual Down Home Family Reunion, a celebration of African American folk life. Hundreds of people attended the festival on Saturday August 20 at Abner Clay Park in the Jackson Ward community of Richmond, where they were treated to art, musical performances, Southern cuisine and storytelling. Awas, originally from Senegal, West Africa, moved to Richmond and started his business in 1995. On the right is his grandson, Mostapha, and seated on the left is his son, Guey Khadim. For three decades, the Elegba Folklore Society has hosted the festival to demonstrate how certain West African cultural practices and traditions have influenced the American South.
Skylar Branch, 7, is all smiles while getting her face painted at the children’s craft table during the Elegba Folklore Society’s 31st Annual Down Home Family Reunion on Saturday August 20 at Abner Clay Park.
A celebration of African and African American folk life headlined the 31st Down Home Family Reunion on Saturday, August 20 in Abner Clay Park in Jackson Ward. The event, sponsored by the Elegba Folklore Society, included interactive demonstrations, a heritage market with African imports and music from musicians and performers including Terry “Harmonica” Bean, pictured, the Pan Masters Steel Orchestra and Trouble Funk.
Friends Jarene Fleming (left) and Cristal Jones (right) dance during the Steel Orchestra performance.
Jer’Amir Rose, 10, and his mother, Jessica Edgerton, were among hundreds to attend the RVA Duck Race on Brown’s Island on Saturday August 20.
Some 15,000 ducks were dropped into the canal during the event, organized for the first time in more than 10 years by the Autism Society of Virginia. This year’s fundraiser featured the Festival of Inclusion and welcomed people with autism and other developmental issues.
The colorful flowers of the city center
This past weekend, new and returning students and their families filled the streets of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus for the annual move-in weekend. What did the students have in tow? “Mini-fridges, TVs, boxes of snacks, piles of clothes, and all kinds of comforts they’ll want and need for the new college year,” according to the VCU news website. Hillary Amaniampong from Dumfries and her mother bravely said goodbye as Ms Amaniampong, a major nurse, moves into a VCU dormitory on Franklin Street on August 20.
VCU freshman Laiana Trotter of Baltimore received help from her mother, Monique Totter, when she moved to the Gladding Resident Center. Ms. Trotter will specialize in nursing. Nearly 4,200 freshmen have started classes at VCU for the fall semester.