Project Tanzania 1985-2000:
The Zanzibar Doors Dedication Ceremony
In 1997, Project Tanzania commissioned a Zanzibar carved wooden door that would serve as a reminder of this successful undertaking. As of the spring of 1997, there were only two known Zanzibar doors in the United States; one at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and another in the private home of an Africa archeologist in Florida. Thus, the commissioning of this door represents a unique contribution to the cultural and artistic understanding by the people of North Carolina.
On Thursday, February 24, 2000, this magnificent door was dedicated during a spectacular ceremony held in Exploris, where the doors will remain. The Ceremony included an introduction of board members and special guests, a prayer of dedication, and an african dedication dance performed by the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble from Durham, NC.
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The audience waits patiently for the Chuck Davis Dancers to begin their dedication dance.
The members of the Chuck Davis Dance Ensemble stop for a quick photo with Paul Pope and Joan Baron, Project Tanazania board members.