Free Jonkonnu Symposium to Explore Enslaved Lives, Traditions, and Cultures in the Americas

NEW BERN, N.C. – October 18, 2018

Explore the origins of Jonkonnu, a Christmas-time activity of enslaved Africans in the Americas. This free symposium features Tryon Palace’s own Jonkonnu Troupe, the McIntosh Shouters of Georgia, and a wide range of guest speakers who cover topics such as “African Traditions and Cultures,” the “Ring Shout,” “Gulla-Geechee Culture,” “Jonkonnu in the Bahamas,” and modern-day “Hip-Hop” music. The one-day event concludes with a keynote dinner address by Dr. Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University, an author, scholar, and nationally recognized expert and critic on the origin, rise, and popular appeal of “Hip Hop.”

This event will include box lunch (by registration only), and a dinner program (by registration only). Registration is free. Guests must be registered to attend the Jonkonnu Symposium. Separate registration required for complimentary lunch and dinner. Seating is limited. 

Go to to register for your spot, and for your provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more information, call (252) 639-3524.