The 13th annual Promise Land Festival includes a genealogy workshop Friday and a day full of music, food and fun in the historic community north of Charlotte on Saturday. Genealogist, historian and author John F. Baker Jr., local genealogist Martha Gerdeman, owner of Climbing Family Trees, self-described amateur genealogist Karen Baynham Curry and former City University of New York Professor Vivian Stuart will part of a panel for the genealogy workshop 2-4:30 pm Friday to kick off the annual festival. For more information or to register for the workshop, call 789-5859. Saturday’s festival at the historical site will include a fish fry and other food, the Parade of Hats for Healthy Hearts, a full day of music, tours, silent auction and an Abraham Lincoln impersonator as this year’s festival theme is “Let Freedom Ring” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Performers include The Promise Land Celebration Choir, Gentry Allen, The Danberrys, Ned Andrews Solomon, Butterfly Rose and the Gospel Explosion featuring Voices of Triumph, Called By God, the St. James AME Church Choir and more. The Parade of Hats kicks the day off at 10 am as a fund-raiser for the Promise Land Health and Social Services Fund. Promise Land was one of the largest communities of freed African American slaves following the Civil War and the community center and historic Promise Land church and school at 707 Promise Land Road are the site of the festival. For more information, contact Serina Gilbert at 789-5859.