July 28, 2012
The African-American Cultural Arts Festival took place at Washington Park Saturday, celebrating its 23rd year.
Organizers call it a one-of-a-kind event, being the only African-American festival in Charlottesville. Delegates from Charlottesville's sister city in Winneba, Ghana, made an appearance with Mayor Satyendra Huja.
Washington Park was transformed into a village featuring a number of vendors offering clothing, jewelry, books and plenty of food.
"It's just a wonderful day for a family to be together and to enjoy each other and just spread the African culture," event co-chair Lillie Williams said.
Organizers say it's a financial struggle for the nonprofit to put the festival on every year, but they say it's worth seeing the community come together.