Event at The Hermitage to honor lives of slaves - WSMV Channel 4

Event at The Hermitage to honor lives of slaves

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Every February, The Hermitage celebrates African-American history and culture while paying tribute to the enslaved community who lived there.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Emancipation and the Meaning of Freedom," and a celebration of music and culture is set for Thursday evening at the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center auditorium.

Organizers said it is important for them to share the slaves' story.

"As we all know, Andrew Jackson owned upwards of 150 slaves, and we find that it's very important for us not to only share the story of Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage, but the enslaved community as well," said Jason Nelson, vice president of marketing and sales at The Hermitage.

The celebration Thursday begins at 6 p.m. and will feature performances by the Tennessee State University Meistersingers and SistaStyle.

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