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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.

Eiteljorg Museum

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.

Performance Stage:

  • 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

History Stage:

  • 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.

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