Orange County to host Freedom Book Festival

(April 28, 2017)—Orange County Department on Aging and Free Spirit Freedom (FSF) will host a Freedom Book Festival on Saturday, May 6, to launch its first book "Freedom through Faith and Knowledge."

The publication incorporates historic photographs, as well as literary and creative works from local writers. It documents one and two-room schoolhouses, and the larger consolidated schools that operated during the days of segregation and which were critical in the struggle and path to freedom.

The Festival will be held at the Jerry M. Passmore Center on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. 

All activities are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Children ages 7 to 13 are invited to special story and creative writing sessions designed just for them. The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature stories by community elders and the opportunity to compose and create their own books. Candace Midgett, Executive Director of the Orange County Historical Museum, will lead the book-writing session. Registration is requested; please contact the Museum at 919-732-2201.

The afternoon activities kick-off with an open house and reception from 1 - 2 p.m., where guests will mix and mingle with the authors, and have their books signed.

From 2 - 4 p.m., FSF will host an afternoon of readings, recitations and presentations from "Freedom through Faith and Knowledge," as well as from authors, poets and artists with similar interests.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission, and a grant from the Hillsborough Tourism Board. Co-sponsors include: the Hillsborough Arts Council, the Orange County Department on Aging-Jerry M. Passmore Center, the Orange County Historical Museum, and the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Free Spirit Freedom is a cultural arts initiative within the Hillsborough Arts Council. Its mission is to use the arts and humanities to promote our shared history, establish social bonds, celebrate our cultural traditions and create bridges of cross-cultural understanding among diverse populations of all generations. For additional information about the event, please contact co-founders: Renee Price, Project Director, at 919-591-1904 or; or Thomas Watson at 919-451-1844 or