Maceo Parker of Kinston receives North Carolina Heritage Award

Published: May. 26, 2016 at 9:44 PM EDT
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Kinston native Maceo Parker, who played with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, has received a 2016 North Carolina Heritage Award.

He was honored with a video by filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman that documented Parker’s artistry, a short question and answer session hosted by Wayne Martin, executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council and the presentation of the award by Susan Kluttz Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

Parker, along with his family and D. Choci Gray, who nominated Mr. Parker for the award, attended a banquet in his honor at the North Carolina Executive Mansion, hosted by Governor Pat McCrory.

More than 500 people from across North Carolina gathered for the ceremony and performances by Maceo Parker and the Maceo Parker Band.

Houston, James and Jamie Lewis, fourth generation boat builders from the Harkers Island tradition were also presented with a heritage award.

The Heritage Award, a program of the N.C. Arts Council, has honored traditional artists in the state, deepening awareness of the stories, music, and artistry that comprise our rich and diverse cultural traditions since 1989.