Local church celebrates Black History Month with art expo - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Local church celebrates Black History Month with art expo

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A historic African American church celebrates Black History Month with exhibits of artwork and films on the Civil Rights struggle.

Vendors set up booths and displays at Farish Street Baptist Church in Jackson showing off handcrafted items.

It was an opportunity for attendees to hear the oral history of the creation of tools, household items and art.

The expo included everything from cotton gin spikes fashioned into figurines to quilts, clothing and food. There was also a video presentation on the Freedom Riders and their impact on black culture.

"One aspect of today's program was ethnic food or soul food. The food that many of us African Americans grew up on. It's a lost art," said Pastor Hickman Johnson of Farish Street Baptist Church.

This is the 16th year the expo has been held.

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