Join the Ohio Historical Society Feb. 20 for HeART of Soul! to celebrate African American art, history and culture at the Ohio Historical Center in Columbus. Inspired by the museum’s featured exhibition, Soul! Art from the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, the free day-long event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. features live performances, gallery tours, hands-on activities for families, art for sale and more.
To commemorate Black History Month, three dramatic performances will tell of the accomplishments of famous and little-known African Americans. “Listening to the Still Small Voice” will feature renowned scientist and educator George Washington Carver as portrayed by Paxton Williams at 10:30 a.m. Williams, who performs as Carver across the country, is director for outreach for the George Washington Carver Birthplace Association in Diamond, Mo. At 1 and 3 p.m., Echoes in Time Theatre will present Tony Gibbs, a resident of Canal Winchester, as Ohio Underground Railroad conductor John Parker in “Bound for the Promised Land! A Journey to Freedom.”
Columbus native Yvette Carmon Davis will pay tribute to her grandfather in “The Story of Lonnie Carmon, Aviation Pioneer” at 4 p.m. Carmon, who lived in Columbus, constructed and flew his own airplane in the 1920s.
Additional performances will feature poetry, music and song by talented local groups later in the afternoon and into the evening. New Hope for Tomorrow Foundation will be present poetry and song at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Urban Strings will play at 6:30 p.m. and the Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m.