Juneteenth celebrates the ending of enslavement in the United States. The now national holiday, marks the day when federal troops marched into Galveston Texas, two months after the surrender of confederate general Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, VA to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation made official on January 1, 1863. With the reading of Executive Order number 3 by Union General Gordon Granger, 250,000 enslaved people living in Texas were liberated on June 19, 1865.
Juneteenth had been celebrated in our community long before it was made a national holiday in 2020. This year marks the 21st Juneteenth celebration and is marked by a hybrid presentation. One can celebrate Juneteenth in person at the Jefferson School or virtually.
12 – 2pm Creative Practice with Tobiah Mundt and Black Women Stitch. Make and take a liberation-minded art piece. Teens and Adults welcome. RSVP for your materials kit at https://rebrand.ly/BWSJuneteenth
1-4pm Join us on the Jefferson School lawn for food, music and a non-sewing sewing event with Stitch Please. Our music line up from 12 to 4pm includes DJ SG, Vibe Riot, Sons of Ichibei and Daphne Brown.
In the interest of keeping us all safe, this year’s music event is a ticketed one. It is free but donations are accepted.
5pm The Journey: Juneteenth from Piedmont Virginia Community College to the African American Heritage Center 2002-2021- will air on the Charlottesville Education Channel 14(comcast) on June 19 at 5:00 p.m. or click the link https://vimeo.com/555747666.
7pm LIVE on Facebook and YouTube, CPG Presents Voices of Emancipation, a collection of speeches from Black luminaries such as August Wilson, Bell Hooks and James Baldwin. Followed by a viewing of Mother Tongue, an original play by Abigail Schumann produced by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in conjunction with their 2019 special exhibition “Tenacity: Women of Jamestown and Early Virginia.”
A post show discussion will follow.