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rEN Dillard, renowned Atlanta visual artist and spoken word artist, and the original co-founder of Savannah's Spitfire Poetry Group

Savannah, GA – June 13, 2024 – Telfair Museums is pleased to announce its 17th annual Juneteenth with a Free Family Day celebrating freedom and African American culture, along with a Juneteenth Lecture by former professional baseball player, Russell “Crazy Legs” Patterson. Celebrate Juneteenth Free Family Day on Saturday, June 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and enjoy Russell Patterson’s lecture “My Career in Baseball” on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm. Both events will be held at the Jepson Center, located at 207 W York St, Savannah, GA 31401.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Telfair Museums is honored to continue the tradition of observing this significant day with a lineup of engaging activities and performances. Residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Jasper, and Beaufort Counites can enjoy free admission to the Jepson Center.

Telfair Musuems is happy to welcome Dr. Jamal Toure back to kick off Juneteenth with a special libation ceremony as the African Spirit. Children and families are invited to participate in the festivities, including art activities and storytelling highlighting African American culture.

Visitors also get the opportunity to enjoy a presentation by renowned Atlanta visual and spoken word artist, rEN Dillard, the original co-founder of Savannah’s Spitfire Poetry Group, followed by a musical performance at 3 pm by the Bokei Caribbean Vibes Steel Drums.

“Telfair is proud to present its seventeenth observation of Juneteenth in an artistic celebration of freedom, with cultural presentations by amazing local visual and performing artists. This year we are excited to feature the return of two important Savannah-born cultural figures of the city: rEN Dillard (June 15), co-founder of Savannah’s beloved Spitfire Poetry Group, and Russell Patterson (June 18), a true Savannah baseball legend,” said Harry DeLorme, Director of Education and Senior Curator

Russell Patterson, Savannah baseball legend

Juneteenth festivities expand further into the following week. Join us for a special Juneteenth lecture honoring baseball legend Russell “Crazy Legs” Patterson on Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the Jepson Center. Patterson grew up in Savannah and played baseball for the Savannah Bears, before moving on to play professionally with the Indianapolis Clowns during the later days of Negro League baseball. After serving in the army, Patterson returned to baseball, playing with the Paterson Black Sox in New Jersey and serving as a manager and coach. Patterson will discuss his experiences in baseball at home and on the road during the time of segregation and the inspirational role he hopes to serve for today’s young people.



Juneteenth scheduled activities and programming include:

Juneteenth Free Family Day
Saturday, June 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Jepson Center
– Free admission to the Jepson Center for Local residents
– Family art making activities
– Art displays by rEN Dillard (painting, collage), Theresa Martin (dollmaking, quilting)
– Libation Ceremony by Vaughnette Goode-Walker, Jamal Toure, & drummers
– Spoken word performance by rEN Dillard
– Front Porch Step Team
– Bokei Caribbean Vibes Steel Drums

Juneteenth Lecture by Russell Patterson: My Career in Baseball 
Tuesday, June 18th at 6:00 pm in the Jepson Center.

Juneteenth Lecture by Russell Patterson: My Career in Negro League Baseball is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; advanced registration is recommended. Register at

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Telfair Museums for a day of celebration, education, and inspiration. For more information about Juneteenth Free Family Day and other upcoming events, please visit

About Telfair Museums

Opening in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first U.S. museum founded by a woman. The museum features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. For more information about Telfair Museums, please visit

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