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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 diverse history while discovering more about African American heritage, art, food and contributions. Maybe you will even learn something about Roswell’s roots you never knew before!

calendar of events
Art and History Exhibits
  • Jan. 13-March 31: "The Photography of Jim Alexander: Participant Observer", Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday, Free
    • Jan. 26: Reception and Signing, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 3-5 PM, Free
  • Jan. 20-March 6: City Hall Gallery: "Honoring Black History Month" featuring artwork by Roswell elementary students, Roswell City Hall, 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday, Free
    • Jan. 27: Opening Reception, Roswell City Hall, 5 PM, Free
  • Feb. 1-29: By Skilled Hands, Barrington Hall, Included with regular house tour admission
  • Feb. 1-29: Behind The Big House, Smith Plantation Barn Interpretive Space, Free

Events
  • Jan. 24: The KT Collaborative Presents A Night with Jazz, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 PM, Tickets: $20 ($15 Student/Senior/Military Discount), Tickets available at roswellgov.com/ANightWithJazz
  • Jan. 26: Reception and Signing of "The Photography of Jim Alexander: Participant Observer", Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 3-5 PM, Free
  • Jan. 27: Roswell Roots: Festival of Black History & Culture Reception & Proclamation, Roswell City Hall, 5 PM Reception, 7 PM Proclamation by City Council, Free
  • Feb. 1: Bid Whist Party, Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 12:30-4 PM, $10, Tickets must be purchased in advance, Call 314-520-4775
  • Feb. 1: Roswell Center Stage, The Color Purple in Concert presented by Actors Express, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 8 PM, $35, Tickets available roswellcac.com
  • Feb. 2: Groveway Community Group Presents Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 2:30 PM, Tickets: $20 (Ages 16+), $10 (Ages 4-15), Free (Ages 3 and under), Tickets available at grovewaycommunitygroup.com
  • Feb. 7: Soul Food Cypher, Location TBA, 7:30 PM, $8, Tickets available at roswellgov.com/SoulFoodCypher
  • Feb. 8: 4th Annual Roswell Roots Arts Festival, Ann Jackson Gallery, 10 AM-5 PM, Free
  • Feb. 8: Open-Hearth Cooking Smith Plantation, 11 AM-3 PM, Free, Find out more at SouthernTrilogy.com
  • Feb. 9: Stories from the Soil: Fulton County Remembrance Project, Roswell Library, 3 PM, Free, register at truejusticefcrc.eventbrite.com
  • Feb. 11: Cultural Spotlight: Storytelling with Babatunde, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Second Story Stage, 7 PM, Free, but registration required at roswellgov.com/SpotlightSeries
  • Feb. 15: The Women of Roswell: a staged reading & author talkback by Robin Seidman Pullen, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Second Story Stage, 7 PM, Free, but registration required at roswellgov.com/RoswellWomen
  • Feb. 16: Telling Our Story with Groveway Community Group, Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3:30 PM, Free, Find out more at grovewaycommunitygroup.com
  • Feb. 20: Cultural Spotlight: Book Reading and Signing with Portia Tewogbade, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Second Story Stage, 7 PM, Free, but registration required at roswellgov.com/SpotlightSeries
  • Feb. 22: College Fair, East Roswell Recreation Center, 11 AM-3 PM, Free
  • Feb. 22: Open-Hearth Cooking, Smith Plantation, 11 AM-3 PM, Free, Find out more at SouthernTrilogy.com
  • Feb. 22: Coming to the Table: an invitation to racial healing, Global Dance Studio & Theater, 3 PM, Free
  • Feb. 23: Jazz Vespers, Roswell Presbyterian, 4 PM, Free, registration encouraged at roswellgov.com/JazzVespers
  • Feb. 25: Cultural Spotlight: Becoming an Artist with Daniel Hodges, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, Second Story Stage, 7 PM, Free, but registration required at roswellgov.com/SpotlightSeries
  • Feb. 29: Southern Soul Fixins: A Roswell Roots Soul Food Cook-Off, Bill Johnson Community Activity Building (BJCAB) at Roswell Area Park, 3-6 PM, Free

2020 Roswell Roots Committee Members
Thank you to our dedicated Roswell Roots committee members:
  • Nancy Bishop
  • Gail Bohannon, 2020 Roswell Roots President
  • Theresia Carrington
  • Donna Clayton (Roswell Cultural Arts Center)
  • Sharon Crumley
  • Marie Epps
  • Mike Harris
  • Beckie Hawkins (Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs)
  • Mary Lucas
  • Gerry McDonald
  • Jeff Pruitt (Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs)
  • Corinne Sutherlin (Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs)
2020 Community Sponsors and Partners
Many thanks to the 2020 sponsors and partners that make Roswell Roots possible:
  • Ann Jackson Gallery
  • Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
  • Fulton County Schools
  • Global Dance Studio & Theatre
  • Groveway Community Group
  • The King and Queens Chapter of the American Bridge Association
  • The KT Collaborative
  • Roswell Cultural Arts Center
  • Roswell Historical Society
  • Roswell Presbyterian Church
  • Soul Food Cypher
  • The Southern Trilogy of Homes
  • Visit Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau
 


Roswell Roots is brought to you by the Cultural Services Division of the City of Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic & Cultural Affairs Department.