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Under the leadership of Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad is a Grammy Award-winning ensemble and social-impact organization that champions equity and justice through the arts. Their latest project, American Railroad, focuses on the African American, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, and other immigrant laborers who were pivotal in building the US Transcontinental Railroad, and the indigenous communities who were displaced by it. This work seeks to correct traditional historical narratives by celebrating the contributions of these groups to America’s cultural development. Through blended musical traditions and original compositions, American Railroad – led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Giddens – offers a fresh perspective on American identity.

During a panel discussion on November 19, speakers – including representatives from the Silkroad Ensemble – will examine the profound influence of immigrant voices on America’s cultural landscape. (More details to be announced.)

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Transportaion for this event will be departing from the Front Commons at 6:30pm


November 19
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Front Commons
charleston, SC United States