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Celebrating Africa and the African Diaspora

Lord Plant my Feet on Higher Ground


After ten years on Garfield Avenue celebrating Africa and the African Diaspora, Africa House has transitioned away from that physical location but maintains its presence on the web at in association with Hiawatha Johnson and Lindsay Michie.

I would like to thank longtime supporters of Africa House: Hiawatha Johnson, Barry Donald Jones, Violet Mitchell, Carla Heath and Jane Garrett who contributed so much to the success of Africa House. Thanks are also due to dancers, musicians, and spoken word artists: the Randolph College Heritage Ensemble, the Keith Lee dancers, and Sheron White Colson and the Kuumba Dancers among others who provided great entertainment at the opening events. I would also like to thank the community for attending events over the years: their coming together has made it so very worthwhile.

Africa House was an art gallery and cultural center that promoted cross-cultural understanding between America and the African Diaspora. This includes exhibiting art work by African and African American artists and craftsmen, exhibiting work with African themes, conducting poetry readings, music sessions, African dance and fashion shows and discussion groups. 

Even though the building on Garfield Avenue is no longer operated as a gallery and studio, Africa House as a concept will continue to celebrate the arts, magic and achievements of members of the African Diaspora with particular emphasis on the connections between Africa and Lynchburg, Virginia


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