Event Information

Opening Reception: “Taking Center Stage”

Ticket Price: FREE
Age: All Ages

Opening Reception for Taking Center Stage: Black Musicians and Prince George’s County Music Venues from the Chitlin’ Circuit to the Present  

Opening Reception: Sunday, February 4, 2024, 2 – 5 PM (RSVP at blackhistory@pgparks.com  

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, March 31, 2024  

During the era of Jim Crow in the United States, black musicians were regularly excluded from performance venues that catered to white audiences. Thus, the “chitlin’ circuit” was born: a network of urban and rural performance venues of various types and sizes, including some owned and operated by African Americans, that provided a critical space for black musicians and other performers to share and hone their talents. With the breakdown of racial barriers and ascendancy of black popular musicians in the 1960s, the number of musical venues open to black musicians expanded. Taking Center Stage explores the history of these musical venues in Prince George’s County, detailing the changing musical landscape for black musicians in the county from the twentieth to twenty-first centuries.  

For additional information, email blackhistory@pgparks.com or call 240-264-3415. Visit pgparks.com/black-history for our full month of events. 

This exhibition is curated by the M-NCPPC Black History Program. To RSVP for the opening reception, email blackhistory@pgparks.com.