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Come Join Us as we celebrate Roswell’s African American history and culture throughout the month of February with a series of unique and fun events for everyone. Roswell’s Roots Festival is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations in the state of Georgia. Share in our rich history and contemporary culture and discover something exciting about Roswell you didn’t know before!

  • Jan 30: Kuibuka: Artist Talk & Reception, Bulloch Hall, 3-5PM, Free
  • Jan 31: Unity Concert, Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 4PM, Free
  • Feb 1: Family Story Time with Josie Bailey,Roswell Branch Library, 6:30PM, Free
  • Feb 5: Opening Reception for Perspectives in Black Art Exhibit, Roswell Visual Arts Center, 5-7PM, Free
  • Feb 6: Bid Whist Party, Adult Recreation Center, 12:30-3:30PM, $5
  • Feb 6: LIVE! in Roswell: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Cultural Arts Center, 8PM, $40
  • Feb 7: “Glimpses of Groveway: The Bailey Johnson State Championship Story”, Cultural Arts Center, 2PM, $5-$15
  • Feb 9: “Goin’ to Chicago” Film – Viewing and Reception, Cultural Arts Center, 4-7PM, Free
  • Feb 11: “Slammin’ in the Suburbs” Poetry Slam, Roswell Historic Cottage, 7PM, Free
  • Feb 13: “True to Their Native Land” Film Premiere, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church*, 3-6PM, Free
               *Please note that the location for this event has changed.
  • Feb 17: Jazzy Story Time, East Roswell Library, 3:30PM, Free
  • Feb 20: Living History Event, Smith Plantation Barn, 10:30AM-3:30PM, Free
  • Feb 20: West African Rhythms and Flavors, Barrington Hall, 11AM-3PM, Free
  • Feb 20: Are You Smarter Than The Griot?, Roswell Branch Library, 2PM, Free
  • Feb 20: Negro League Baseball, Basketball and Boxing Memorabilia Collection, Roswell Library, 12PM-2PM, Free
  • Feb 21: The Untold Story of Roswell, Roswell Visitors Center, 3-4:30PM, Free
  • Feb 27: 2nd Annual Pound Cake Cook-Off, East Roswell Park Recreation Center, 1-3PM, Free
  • Feb 28: The Joint is Jumpin’: A Night of Jazz at Pastis, Pastis Restaurant & Bar, 7-10PM, Free
  • Jan 30 – Feb 21: Kuibuka, Bulloch Hall, $8/Adults, $7/Seniors, $6/Children, Free under Age 6
  • Feb 1-29: Slave Life in the Piedmont, Bulloch Hall, $8/Adults, $7/Seniors, $6/Children, Free under Age 6
  • Feb 1-29: Slave Cabin Interpretive, Smith Plantation, Free
  • Feb 1-Spring: Evolution of Agricultural Labor, Smith Plantation, Free
  • Feb 1-29: Unsung Heroes: The Legacy of Black Heritage in Roswell, City Hall Rotunda, Free
  • Feb 5-29: Perspectives in Black Art, Roswell Visual Arts Center, Free

African American Hometown Heroes
Each year at the Unity Concert the Roswell Roots Steering Committee recognizes one African American as our Hometown Hero. Citizens are asked to nominate someone that is a personal hero or mentor in the African American community. The nominee should have significantly contributed to the Roswell community in some meaningful way (not necessarily a Roswell resident) or are a Roswell resident who has made a significant impact on people’s lives wherever they live. An individual may only receive the award one time during their life.

2016 Sponsors and Partners
Many thanks to the 2016 sponsors and partners that make Roswell Roots possible:
  • East Roswell Library
  • Groveway Community Group
  • Kings & Queens Bridge Club
  • Pastis Restaurant & Bar
  • Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
  • Roswell Historic Cottage
  • Roswell Historical Society
  • Roswell Library
  • The Southern Trilogy of Homes
  • Visit Roswell CVB
  • Zion Missionary Baptist Church

Roswell Roots is brought to you by the Cultural Services Division of the City 2016 of Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historical and Cultural Affairs Department.