African American Heritage Festival continues this weekend

Events will offer tips on how to track down family roots and ancestors


The African American Heritage Festival continues Saturday at the Dunn Area History Museum, 202 E. Broad St., where festival organizer Desi Campbell is set to sign his latest book, “The Campbell Story.” The book is a written documentary of the Campbell and Cameron families, who were enslaved by Archibald Campbell in the Upper Little River and Barbecue Township which now sits in Harnett County.

On Wednesday, Campbell will host a viewing of the video documentary of “The McNeill Story” and “The African American Experience” at 6 p.m. in Lillington’s Harnett County Public Library.

The video documents the lives of slaves Joe and Jenny McLean and their 13 children. The couple and the children were divided up among plantation owners.

The festival will wrap up on Saturday, Feb. 29 with the Harnett County Genealogy Roadshow at Campbell University’s Scott Concert Hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature special guest Kenyatta Berry from PBS’s “Genealogy Roadshow.” “A Conversation With Kenyatta” will offer those in attendance techniques and information on how to research family history. Berry will also answer questions relating to genealogy research and will sign her latest book, “Family Tree Toolkit 101.”

Admission is $5 per person.

Campbell will also be at the Erwin Historical Society Museum, 100 West F. St., from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 29 following the genealogy roadshow, to assist people interested in finding their roots with insights concerning the best methods and resources for identifying ancestors. He will also sign copies of his book at the event.

The Erwin Historical Society Museum has access to Ancestry, FOLD3, and many other assets valuable for historical and genealogical research. The museum is open from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays but will extend its hours on Feb. 29 for this special program.

Rick Curl can be reached at or at 910-230-2037.


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