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Sunday Brunch at The Historic Magnolia House

Sun, May 19, 2024
Sun, May 19, 2024
The Historic Magnolia House

Join us for brunch at the Historic Magnolia House! Tickets include: the Magnolia Sampler Breakfast (fish and grits; chicken and waffles, and Magnolia Breakfast: bacon, eggs, breakfast potatoes.) Adult brunch beverages will be available for purchase.

After brunch, join the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival for our closing event, Meet Me at the Carolina Table, in celebration of the life and work of the late Randall Kenan.

In partnership with the Greensboro Public Library, we have invited One City, One Book read The Carolina Table contributors, poet GABRIELLE CALVOCORESSI (Rocket Fantastic, Apocalyptic Swing), North Carolina Poet Laureate JAKI SHELTON GREEN (I Want to Undie You, Feeding the Light, singing a tree into dance), and DANIEL WALLACE (Big Fish, This Isn’t Going to End Well), along with host MARIANNE GINGHER (Jabberwocky Puppet Show).


During segregation in America in the mid-twentieth century, the Historic Magnolia House was a popular destination for African American travelers who were not allowed to share the same accommodations as Caucasians, including the same eating and drinking facilities. Many African Americans of renown stayed here, including James Brown, Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Tex, Carter G. Woodson, and Jackie Robinson. Visiting families of local college students that attended Bennett College and North Carolina A&T State University stayed here as well. The Historic Magnolia House also was a place for wedding celebrations and other formal gatherings and events.

Under its formal name, the Daniel D. Debutts House, The Historic Magnolia House, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is in the South Greensboro National Register Historic District.