CONGO SQUARE is an actual place in New Orleans. This sacred ground was first used by Houma Native Americans and later by slaves in the region, as a place to enjoy one day of freedom each week. African people used this as a place to maintain a connection to their true status as free people of Africa. Native Americans, as well as Europeans often joined in the celebration. Music, abolitionist organizations, food and dance were all intertwined to make this festival.

Today, we recreate our own version of this splendor at Southside Community Center in Ithaca, NY. We welcome our WHOLE COMMUNITY to come enjoy food, music and culture every Friday in the summer from 4-8pm. The Market is a collaboration between Southside Community Center, TC Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Whole Community Project, the Youth Farm Project and community volunteers.

For information on vending or general market info call Jhakeem Haltom, 607-279-3229.


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