In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Venezuelan revolutionary Francisco de Miranda’s death, Tryon Palace, in collaboration with Artist Studio Project and the Venezuelan Cultural Association of North Carolina, will host a daylong celebration of Miranda and Venezuelan culture Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Miranda developed his love of liberty during a visit in exile to the newly established United States of America. While touring America, Miranda visited New Bern and Tryon Palace, and was given the architectural plans for the Palace gardens by Tryon Palace architect John Hawks. One of the activities scheduled for the day will be a garden tour focused on the plans given to Miranda by Hawks at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
In addition, other activities will include a free lecture entitled “Money Talks” by Miguel Chirinos in the North Carolina History Center’s Large Orientation Theater from 11-11:30 a.m., which will focus on currency related to Miranda. Then, members of the Venezuelan Dance Association will perform traditional Venezuelan dances at noon. Tryon Palace Living History Program Coordinator Matt Arthur will present a free dramatic performance from 2-2:30 p.m. entitled, “Authentic Southern Charm: Francisco de Miranda’s Visit to North Carolina,” which will cover entries from Miranda’s travel journal about North Carolina’s people, culture, and traditions he encountered in 1783.
At 3 p.m. in the North Carolina History Center, The Venezuelan Cultural Association of North Carolina will present Tryon Palace with a commemorative plaque for its partnership in preserving Miranda’s legacy.
All activities associated with Miranda 200 are free and open to the public with the exception of the Miranda gardens tours at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. that require the purchase of a One Day Pass or Gardens Pass.