TUSCUMBIA – The North Alabama African Heritage Association will host the 19th Annual North Alabama African Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, at the Willie Green Recreation Park in Tuscumbia.

The festival will begin on Friday at 1pm with Informative sessions focusing on African ancestry. The afternoon sessions will be conducted by Dr. Deborah Carter and Dr. Ernestine Davis. Festivities continue Friday afternoon at 5pm with the annual “Music on the Lawn” event. Music this year will be provided by the Come Up Band from Decatur, AL and the Shoals area’s own Midnighters.

The festival will resume on Saturday at 11am with the C.O.R.E. African drummers. There will be gospel performances by the Garner Brothers, Donna Carroll, and the group Family Affair, featuring the Rev. Shane Rainer and recording artist Amasico Rainer. There will be performances by the Uhuru Dancers of Atlanta and other local musicians in multiple genres including, jazz, R&B, and more.

Numerous vendors will be on hand with food, clothing, African attire, paintings, and a variety of other items. Saturday’s headliner is the Exodus Reggae Band of Memphis. Friday and Saturday’s festival events are provided free by the Association with assistance from city of Tuscumbia and local Shoals area merchants and organizations. For more information, call 256-335-2911.