Saturday, June 18, 2016
1:00 -4:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Cost: $30 for Members
$35 for Non-members
Includes price of museum admission.
Enjoy performances, refreshments and painting inspired by the history of Juneteenth. This creative experience will allow each participant to channel their “inner artist” while being coached by masterful artist, Brandon “Illzotic” Hawkins. No experience is necessary, just an open mind! Advance registrations are required by May 26th.
Juneteenth Programming, Saturday, June 18:
· 1:00 p.m. Opening program in the Grand Hall, featuring musical selections from local folk artist, Sweet Betsy, performances by the New Jerusalem Mimes and spoken word from the Word Play Cincy Scribes.
· 2:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and painting inspired by the history of Juneteenth. The Celebrate Freedom: Juneteenth Paint Party
Sunday, June 19:
See The Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment now on display thru July 24, 2016.
Juneteenth is considered the date when the last enslaved people in America were freed. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger and Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to issue General Order No. 3. This order proclaimed “all slaves are free”. A celebration began as jubilation spread throughout and every year since then, communities across our nation have celebrated Juneteenth.
Juneteenth symbolizes the end of slavery and has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the fourth of July symbolizes for all Americans; freedom. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. Juneteenth honors those ancestors who endured the inhumane institution of slavery, as well as demonstrating pride in the great legacy of courage, resistance, and perseverance they left for us