Living History @ Home: What is Juneteenth?
Free; all ages
Discover Juneteenth, the annual celebration of the end of American chattel slavery on June 19, 1865. Explore its origins, how it has changed over time, and the many local traditions connected with the holiday. Listen to narratives of formerly enslaved persons as they describe how they learned about the end of slavery. And: Learn how to make a Juneteenth flag and other festive decorations!
Materials needed: construction paper (preferably red, green, black), markers, tape, unsharpened pencil or other small wooden stick
Image: Tintype of Cheyney McKnight taken by Dave Wilson of Victorian Photography Studio
This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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