From “Anansi the Spider” to “Brer Rabbit,” traditional stories from enslaved Africans contain hidden meanings and serve to document and celebrate early African American history. Storyteller Dylan Pritchett brings to life, through these tales, important touchstones during the time of slavery wound tightly with themes of family strength and morals as well as lessons that teach about character and survival.
Dylan Pritchett shares his folktales with thousands of children and adults throughout the country, with positive messages that cross cultural boundaries. As the past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Dylan is dedicated to passing on the rich oral tradition of storytelling. In addition to live performances, Dylan has produced narration and served as a performer and consultant for a number of broadcast documentaries, including the PBS program, “View from the Mountaintop,” the Thomas Jefferson biography.
Museum admission is free all day for this special event, 9 am-5 pm
“Essential African Threads” is sponsored by Arts for Learning Virginia and the Virginian African American Cultural Center of Virginia, Inc. We greatly appreciate their partnership and generosity.