Soul of Second Street was a hit

Published 12:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2023


Crowds gathered for the annual Soul of Second Street Festival last Friday and Saturday to celebrate local Black history.

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Sponsored by the Danville Boyle County African American Historical Society, the festival is a celebration of African American history in Boyle County, specifically focusing on the old Black business district that used to be on Second Street at the current Constitution Square site.

The festival kicked off on Friday with the History Conference at Morley’s Backyard, which turned out to be a party. People played games, had drinks, read about historic local African Americans, and danced to Michael Hughes’ DJ mix, who is also the president of the DBCAAHS.

Hundreds of people attended on Saturday at Constitution Square Park. There were local vendors, food trucks, a kid’s tent and nearly six hours of music.

Attendees got to hear the First Baptist Church Male Chorus; The Greens; Renita Gray; Carey Band; Robbie Houston; Joyful Souls; Salt River Band; and the Michael Hughes Band.

Many local volunteers helped put on the event, and Hughes wanted to thank each of them.