Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg with music, performances, demonstrations, food and fun for the entire family. Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a holiday commemorating the enforcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865. In honor of Juneteenth, the celebration and museum admission will be free for all. This year’s event is also part of the NEA Big Read True Grit initiative.
Schedule for the Performance Stage:
11 a.m. – Welcome
11:10 a.m. – Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and General Orders / Danny Russel
11:30 a.m. – Freetown Village Singers / Preserving African American traditions and culture through storytelling and song, the Freetown Village Singers present an interactive collection of traditional folk songs and Negro spirituals.
12:40 p.m. – Griot Drum Ensemble / The Griot Drum Ensemble presents a blend of African Diaspora music and storytelling.
1:45 p.m. – Village Voices: Notes from the Griot / This live interactive artistic experience utilizes musicians, dancers, and artists to tell the stories and highlight the contributions of African Americans in the arts whose works are either unknown and/or underperformed.
3:45 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Cost: FREE Admission