June 7- 9, 2011

Telfair Museums’ annual observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day and commemorating the 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, the last state to do so, will feature a trio of programs. Hosted at different venues and focusing on oral history, this year’s programs include an oral history event, a lecture on the resurgence of Juneteenth as a national celebration, and a performance celebrating black freedom fighters by noted storyteller Mitch Capel, who has performed at the Smithsonian Institution Folklife Festival and other prestigious venues. Don’t miss these events commemorating an American holiday and African American heritage!

An Evening of Oral History

June 7, 6 pm, Telfair Academy

Lecture by Captain Ronald V. Myers, Jr: “What is Juneteenth and Why Should it be a National Holiday?”

June 8, 6 pm, Second African Baptist Church

“The Colored Soldiers,” a performance by Storyteller Mitch Capel

June 9, 6 pm, Jepson Center


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All programs are free of charge thanks to funding from the City of Savannah. For more information   call 912.790.8886 or visit telfair.org.