Jackson plays guitar on a deck in the forest. Behind her is a portrait of an African American woman.
Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Performer Veronika Jackson plays at the Guilford College Underground Railroad Tree as part of the North Carolina Folk Festival's 2020 Virtual Concert Series.
? Photo Credit: Brendan McLean.

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Our playlist for the 34th Annual Carolina Blues Festival is designed to showcase artists from our original lineup as well as our updated lineup while honoring the legacy and contributions of Women of the Blues.
During the early days of Blues Black women like Bessie Smith, Moms Mabley, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Big Momma Thornton and Libba Cotten showed the world what women had to say. In many cases they innovated the use of instruments and sang in unique & trendsetting ways.
As we invest in what it means to be an organization that truly supports women, we divest from the patriarchal archetype of Blues and reveal the truth. Women often did it better and still do.
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Bucket Brigade volunteers pose for a photograph.
Bucket Brigade volunteers get ready to collection donations at the 2018 NC Folk Festival.
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