Are you looking for a way to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend? The Eiteljorg Museum and the Asante Children’s Theater(ACT) are joining to celebrate Juneteenth.
Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, when all slaves in Texas were set free. The actual Juneteenth holiday began in 1866.
The Eiteljorg Museum is having a Juneteeth Celebration on June 20 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteeth, or Emancipation Day.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Eiteljorg will celebrate this emancipation that started in Texas with music, performances, activities and more. General admission and parking is free for this event.
Following is a schedule of the Juneteeth Celebration events.
- 11 a.m. Welcome
- 11:10 a.m. Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and General Orders by Kevin McKoy
- 11:30 a.m. Freetown Village Theatrical Performance
- 12 p.m. Charles A. Tindley Step Team Performance and Workshop
- 12:30 p.m. Abraham Lincoln Presentation by Danny Russel
- 1 p.m. Freetown Village Singers
- 2 p.m. Asante Children’s Theatre Folk Stories
- 2:30 p.m. Levi and Catharine Coffin Presentation
- 3 p.m. Madam Walker Jazz Band
- 11:30 a.m. African Americans were Early Settlers in Indianapresented by Wilma L. Moore, Senior Archivist, African American History at the Indiana Historical Society and IAAGG member
- 1 p.m. Personal Stories from Galveston, Texas, the Place where Juneteenth Began, presented by Fay Williams. Introduction by Wilma L. Moore, Senior Archivist, African American History at the Indiana Historical Society
- 2:30 p.m. Multimedia Presentation by the African American History Museum
- 3:30 p.m. African American Civil War Heroes presentation by Andrew Bowman and Khabir Shareef
Ongoing throughout the day:
- Hands-on activities presented by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Eiteljorg Museum
- Pet a horse with Paul Ross and the Indianapolis Black Cowboys Association
- Outdoor Gold Panning
- Community Groups
- Contribute your thoughts on “What Freedom Means to Me…” community wall in Eagle Commons
- Food Vendors under the Sails including Chuck wagon cobbler
- Noon – 3 p.m. Participate in a community art project with local artist, Hector del Campo
- 2 p.m. Curator tour in the Gold! Riches and Ruin Exhibit
- 2 p.m. Candle making demonstration with Freetown Village
- 2 & 4 p.m. Stories of the Old West with local actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston
For more information, visit eiteljorg.org.
Asante Children’s Theatre Academy
The Asante Children’s Theatre Academy is also presenting A Musical Tribute to Quincy Jones on June 20 at 8 p.m. at the Madam Walker Theatre. Prepsters can attend the show for free. With the promotion code on the flyer, you can receive $5 off of your online ticket purchase.