Juneteenth Livestream Celebration

June 18, 2020

On Friday, June 19 at 12 p.m., Juneteenth: Black Freedom will livestream on this page and at blckfreedom.org

A livestream production, Juneteenth: Black Freedom will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth, which dates back to June 19, 1865, when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, arrived at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved African Americans were now free. This announcement was more than two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that granted their freedom.

BLKFREEDOM.org is a combined effort between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hilton Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN).

This collaborative program will explore the meaning and relevance of “freedom”, “justice” and “democracy” in Black American life, from a historical and contemporary framework. In addition to performances, there will be commentary from Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and first historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director and the first female African American president of Spelman College; The Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.