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Virtual Event | Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth
June 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC
On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War had ended and of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years before, finally reached Galveston, Texas. While enslavement still persisted in some areas of the country, June 19 came to be known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day and is considered the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of chattel enslavement in the US.
Join us for a virtual Juneteenth celebration that includes a civic talk on the history and national impact of Juneteenth, a Hands-On History performance on the story of Harriet Tubman, a Kitchen Table Talk on the significance behind special Juneteenth dishes, and contemporary community advocates who work to amplify African American cuisine.
This event is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. Links will be provided after registration.
11:00 a.m. – Program
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” by James Weldon Johnson, performed by vocalist Valencia Bey
Spoken word performance by interdisciplinary artist avery r. young
Civic Talk | Chicago Perspectives on the National Impact of Juneteenth
Moderator: Laura S. Washington, journalist and political analyst
Donna Edgar, Project Archivist, Chicago History Museum
Julius L. Jones, Assistant Curator, Chicago History Museum
Peggy Montes, Executive Director, Bronzeville Children’s Museum
Michael Peterson, Director, A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
12:00 p.m. – Kitchen Table Talk: Celebrating African American Foodways
Moderator: Audarshia Townsend, food and beverage journalist
Michael Howard, CEO, Eden Place Nature Center
Sherry Williams, Executive Director, Bronzeville Historical Society
Erick Williams, Owner and Executive Chef, Virtue Restaurant & Bar
1:00 p.m. – Lady Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman
Join actor Cynthia Maddox for an interactive performance filled with poetry and song exploring of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman!
Semicolon x Chicago History Museum Adult Reading List: https://bookshop.org/lists/semicolon-x-chicago-history-museum-juneteenth
Semicolon x Chicago History Museum: Family Book Box – Engage in Juneteenth family fun with a FREE Juneteenth Family Book Box! Pick one up while supplies last at the Chicago History Museum starting Weds., June 16, through Sat., June 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.