Juneteenth

Nastassia Parker

On June 19, the Museum will mark the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, and will explore the continuing struggle for equality for all. The date commemorates the day in 1865 when the abolition of slavery reached the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Texas. On Friday, tune into the Museum’s Facebook at 9 a.m. for a performance of the one-woman show “Freedom on the Horizon” with historical interpreter Nastassia Parker as she portrays Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from the Washington household in Philadelphia. The performance will be followed at 1 p.m. by an Instagram Live question-and-answer session with Parker and Tyler Putman, the Museum’s Manager of Gallery Interpretation. Discover the story of Harry Washington, who was originally enslaved by George Washington and found freedom through service in the British Army, with a Virtual Discovery Cart on the Museum’s Facebook and Instagram.

The Museum’s free, weekly mini-lesson plan will explore Dunmore's Proclamation, a document signed in 1775, which promised freedom for enslaved people who left their owners and joined the British Army. With the Museum’s recently enhanced, free Virtual Tour, you can explore the galleries anytime to learn many stories of free and enslaved people of African descent during the Revolutionary era.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) also will be marking the date with Juneteenth 2020 Virtual Festival: Celebrate the Diaspora on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will include a poetry reading, a conversation with Kamau Ware of Black Gotham, a concert with the African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), and more. It is free and open to all. For more information, visit www.aampmuseum.org.