Telfair Museums kicks off local Juneteenth celebrations on June 10, with free admission for local residents from 10am-5pm and Juneteenth performances and activities taking place from 1–4pm. Programming will begin at 1pm with drumming and a libation ceremony featuring Dr. Jamal Touré, followed by traditional arts demonstrations and hands on activities for young people in the museum. The event’s Gullah Geechee heritage theme will be celebrated in the afternoon’s featured performance by the McIntosh County Shouters at 2:30pm.
The McIntosh County Shouters are renowned performing artists of the authentic ring shout, North America’s oldest living African American musical tradition. The ring shout was part of the Gullah-Geechee culture formed by enslaved people brought from West Africa to the coastal regions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Florida. The McIntosh County Shouters have performed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Savannah Music Festival. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this enduring tradition.
Juneteenth programs are free to local residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Bulloch and Beaufort Counties, thanks to investment from the City of Savannah, the Georgia Council for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.