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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!

Art and History Exhibits
  • Jan. 2-Feb. 28: Roswell Historical Society presents: Black Heritage: The Unsung Heroes of Roswell, Georgia Exhibit, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday, Free
  • Jan. 28-Feb. 28: City Hall Gallery Highlighting Black Artists, Roswell City Hall, 9 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday, Free
  • Feb. 1-28: By Skilled Hands Exhibit, Barrington Hall, Included with regular house tour admission
  • Feb. 1-28: Slave Cabin Interpretive Exhibit, Smith Plantation, Free
  • Feb. 1-28: Exhibit: Behind The Big House: The Enslaved Landscape, Smith Plantation Barn Interpretive Space, Free

  • Jan. 27: Jazz Vespers, Roswell Presbyterian Church, 4-6 PM, Free
  • Jan. 28: Roswell Roots: Festival of Black History & Culture Proclamation, Roswell City Council Meeting, Roswell City Hall, Council Chambers, 7 PM, Free
  • Feb. 2: Bid Whist Party, Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 12:30-4 PM, $10, Tickets must be purchased in advance, Call 314-520-4775
  • Feb. 3: Groveway's Got Talent-Groveway Community Group Black History Program, Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 2:30-5 PM, Adults - $18.00 / Children 12 & under - $10.00, More information at
  • Feb. 9: Open Hearth Cooking and Discussion about the Slave Community: House, Skilled and Field Workers, Smith Plantation, 10 AM-3 PM, Free
  • Feb. 9: Remember the 400, East Roswell Library, 1 PM, Free, More information at
  • Feb. 10: Southern Soul Fixins: A Roswell Roots Soul Food Cook-Off, Bill Johnson Community Activity Building (BJCAB), 12:30-3:30 PM, Register to participate at
  • Feb. 16: LIVE! In Roswell Presents: Ranky Tanky, Cultural Arts Center, 8-10 PM, $30/$25 Seniors, Students & Military, Tickets available at
  • Feb. 17: Telling Our Story with Groveway Community Group, Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3:30 PM, Free
  • Feb. 22: Soul Food Cypher, Red Door Playhouse, 7-9:30 PM, $5, Tickets available at
  • Feb. 23: Open Hearth Cooking & Living History with Clarissa Clifton, Smith Plantation, 10 AM-3 PM, Free
  • Feb. 23: 3rd Annual Roswell Roots Arts Festival, Roswell DoubleTree Hotel, 10 AM-4 PM, Free
  • Feb. 23: Coming to the Table: an invitation to racial healing, Global Dance Studio & Theater, 1-3 PM, Free
  • Feb. 23: Joe Barry Carroll - Retired NBA All Star Reading and Book Signing of Black American Voices, East Roswell Library, 2-4 PM
  • Feb. 24: College and Greek Fair, East Roswell Recreation Center, 2-5 PM, Free, Student Registration Required at
  • Feb. 24: Remember the 400, East Roswell Library, 3 PM, Free, More information at
  • Feb. 26: "An Ode to Edna Lewis: Southern Delicacies Cooking Class": at Barrington Hall Cooking Class, Barrington Hall's Kitchen, 6:30-9 PM, $50.00 per person, Call 770-640-3855 to make your reservation

2019 Community Sponsors and Partners
Many thanks to the 2019 sponsors and partners that make Roswell Roots possible:
  • Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
  • Groveway Community Group
  • Kings & Queen Bridge Group
  • Red Door Playhouse
  • Roswell Historical Society
  • 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 and Cultural Affairs Department.