Ribs & Ragtime presented to sold-out crowd at North American Black Historical Museum

 

“Straight Ahead” provides the entertainment at the fifth annual Ribs & Ragtime Saturday night at the North American Black Historical Museum.

“Straight Ahead” provides the entertainment at the fifth annual Ribs & Ragtime Saturday night at the North American Black Historical Museum.

A total of 250 people were welcomed on the grounds of the North American Black Historical Museum for the June 7 "Ribs & Ragtime" event.

A total of 250 people were welcomed on the grounds of the North American Black Historical Museum for the June 7 “Ribs & Ragtime” event.

By Ron Giofu

 

One of the North American Black Historical Museum’s biggest fundraisers was held to a sold-out crowd Saturday night as “Ribs and Ragtime” returned for a fifth straight year.

Curator/administrator Terran Fader said a total of 250 tickets were sold for the outdoor event. Entertainment alternated between two stages on the museum grounds – one just off of King St. and the other behind the Nazrey AME Church – with the band “Straight Ahead” providing the music for the evening. The food was provided by Smoke & Spice Southern BBQ.

Fader said the sell-out crowd was something “which we are very excited about.

“The music is great, the food is great and there is a lot of good company,” she said. “Everyone seemed to have a good time. It’s an opportunity for people to support Black history and Black heritage.”

The atmosphere was important, she added, adding that families had their own canopies dedicated in memory of their loved ones.

“It’s a way to remember those families and family histories,” Fader added.

There is talk of possibly expanding the event, she noted, with there being a waiting list to attend the “Ribs and Ragtime” event.

“We know we have the demand for it,” said Fader.

Proceeds raised from “Ribs and Ragtime” will go back into the museum and help the NABHM operate.

“It will go towards educational programs, exhibits and maintaining day-to-day operations,” said Fader. “It’s definitely one of the events every year we count on for its proceeds. The fundraising committee works very hard to ensure it is a success.”

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