CORNELIUS — For its annual Black History Month celebration, the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Department will highlight a family with a long history in the area.

The free event takes place 3-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., and features the story and family of John Connor, who has a street named after him.

Michael Connor will share the story of his grandfather, who bought the property in 1923, and the generations which followed. Some of the Connors were also founding members of Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church. The event features a presentation and video interviews about what life was like from members of the Connor family, who will also be in attendance.

The event also includes musical performances, including “We shall Overcome” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Michael Connor, an actor, will give a rendition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.

The family has provided photos, documents and other memorabilia, which will be on display at town hall Feb. 17-22.

Also in February, the Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., hosts a Black History Month Art Party, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. For a $5 per hour fee, parents can bring their children to do various art projects highlighting African-American artists such as Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Senior Mobile Art featuring the work of African-American artists is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Feb. 26, at Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church, 21517 Torrence Chapel Road. Cornelius PARC and the Community Arts Project sponsor the event, with funding from the Arts & Science Council and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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