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Black history as well as art will be discussed by local authors this Saturday evening at the American Canyon Arts Foundation’s annual celebration of Black History Month.

Author Sharon McGriff-Payne, who has written about African American history in the Napa-Solano area, will speak at the event scheduled for Feb. 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the American Canyon Senior Center.

McGriff-Payne is the author of “African Americans in Vallejo” and “John Grider’s Century — African Americans in Solano, Napa, and Sonoma Counties from 1845 to 1925,” which explored early black pioneers who settled in Northern California.

The event will also feature a talk by Pam Jones on iconic African-American artist Jacob Lawrence. Jones, who knew Lawrence, will discuss his life and art, described as “dynamic cubism.”

Musical performances will be provided by the spiritual group, The Has-Beens, and Hammer Bow Skins, a local jazz band from American Canyon.

Food and refreshments will be provided by Chez Soul of Fairfield.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP and receive your free tickets, go to EventBrite.

The Black History Month celebration is part of the American Canyon Arts Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program, funded in part by grants from the city of American Canyon and the Arts Council Napa Valley.

For more information about the event, email the foundation at or call 707-645-8840 or visit

The foundation also announced that Patti Krueger is the organization’s new president, replacing Mark Joseph, who is now secretary/treasurer. Patricia Oro is now serving as vice-president.