Festival celebrates history of first community where African Ame

Ocean City Jazz Festival is this weekend. (Source: Ocean City Jazz Festival Facebook)


Celebrate your love of jazz music in a place with a rich history. 

The Ocean City Jazz Festival is this weekend on Topsail Island.

The Ocean City community was founded in 1949.

It was the only place African Americans could purchase coastal property in North Carolina, 15 years before the Civil Rights Act.

To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of the community, in 1009, a jazz saxophonist from North Carolina performed at the Community Center. That was the beginning of the Jazz Festival.

This year’s performers include the Skip Walker Band featuring Kia Walker, Derrick Gardner with the John Brown Quintet, Karen Briggs, Julian Vaughn, Warren Wolfe and Althea Rene and Elan…

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