Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth with the Chicago History Museum

June 19, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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 the Chicago History Museum 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 will also be livestreamed from the Museum which will be offering FREE admission for all. Reserve your tickets today.

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, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC-7 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
David 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
MaryAnn Marsh, Co-Owner, The Park Supper Club
Sherry Williams, Executive Director, Bronzeville Historical Society
Erick Williams, Owner and Executive Chef, Virtue Restaurant & Bar
1:00 p.m. – Hands-On History | 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!

Find out more here!

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