MARC’s annual Food for Thought taster-talk

February 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
MARC Museum
1086 NC-65
Reidsville, NC 27320
Matthew Titchiner

Barbeque is focus of MARC’s annual Food for Thought taster-talk

The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County is pleased to announce our fourth annual Food for Thought taster-talk event to be held February 29, 2020 at the MARC. The free program is scheduled from 12 noon to 2pm, and this year’s focus will be all about the rich history of barbeque.

Food for Thought is a multicultural and multigenerational program aimed to celebrate and acknowledge Black History Month. Recognized in February dating back as early as 1926 and coinciding originally with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and prominent abolitionist figure, Frederick Douglass, Black History Month provides recognition to the wealth of lesser known histories throughout the United States. Food for Thought will explore and reveal some of these intriguing, hidden histories through the undoubtedly universal narrative that is food.

Valencia Abbott, history teacher at Rockingham Early College High School, will guide guests in unpacking not only barbecue’s fascinating heritage, but also its unique significance in African American culture. On-going research is even revealing how the humble and beloved barbecue became a vehicle for political legitimacy amongst marginalized groups.

The discussion will center around “tasters“— a variety of delicious barbeque and side dishes to sample, provided by professional chefs and home-style cooks.  This feast for all the senses is one of MARC’s most popular events.  We look forward to sharing this free event with students and adults.

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Valencia Abbott, History teacher at Rockingham Early College High School, will lead discussion at MARC’s annual Food for Thought:  Barbeque tasting event.

 P.O. Box 84, Wentworth, NC 27375

1086 NC Highway 65 Wentworth, NC 27375

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