40th Annual Black Heritage Festival

The Anniston Museum of Natural History’s 40th Annual Black Heritage was held on Saturday, February 15, at the Longleaf Botanical Gardens. Around 85 participants recited poems with the theme of a 40 Year Poetic Journey. The performances were powerful and captivating. Anniston Museum would like to thank Mrs. Georgia Calhoun for her forty years of service to the museum and community.


Black Heritage Festival could not happen without the support of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers: Iota Mu Omega Chapter of AKA, Alabama Power Service Organization, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Easy Riders, Mrs. Alice Ray, Mrs. Mary White, Mrs. Sheila Ball, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Calhoun County Commissioner Fred Wilson, State Representative Dr. Barbara Boyd, Iota Mu Omega Chapter of AKA, Pandora Art and Social Club, F&S Body Shop and Wrecker Service, Thomas A. Williams Elks Lodge, John and Dr.

Valerie Richardson, Eddie and Veronica May, Attorney Cleo Thomas and Dr. Carla Thomas, Alabama Power Service Organization, and Dorcas Art & Social Club.


Every participant received a free lunch thanks to Alabama Power Service Organization and the Anniston High School library will receive full classroom sets of Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury courtesy of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in honor of Mrs. Georgia Calhoun.


Oration Winners:

Groups: 1st – Cobb Pre-K Academy; 2nd- Anniston High School; 3rd – Brainz and Beautiez

Pre-K – Kindergarten: 1st – Amelia Mack – Little Angels DayCare

Grades 1-2: 1st – Selebrity McCallum – Kitty Stone Elementary; 2nd – Laila Miller – Golden Springs Elementary

Grades 3-5: 1st – Jayden Brown – Randolph Park Elementary; 2nd – Khmalh Booker – Golden Springs Elementary; 3rd – Amelia Jackson – Randolph Park Elementary

Grades 6-8: 1st – Adriana Fitten – Anniston Middle School; 2nd – Amori Jones – Tee AKA Youth; 3rd – Kyla William – Zora Ellis

Grades 9-12: 1st – Solanya Spaulding – Sacred Heart; 2nd – Amara Parker – Anniston High School; 3rd – Kimara Riggins – Anniston High School