George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center will host its 12th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the George Washington Carver Museum (1165 Angelina Street). This event commemorates the end of formal slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865, two and one-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and more than one month following the end of the American Civil War.
This year’s festival will feature two stages, live music on the Juneteenth Memorial Lawn and a special guest appearance by Soultree Collective, a non-profit youth program supported by Urban Music Fest. Additional family-friendly entertainment will include a human gyroscope, mobile video game arcade, water balloon battle and three-legged sack race complete with prizes. Crafts, vendors, character reenactments, free ice-cold watermelon and tea cakes (while supplies last) are just a few of the Museum’s jubilee offerings.
Colloquially known as “The Black 4th of July,” Juneteenth marks the beginning of an African American journey to carve a new place in society for free people to shape identities independent of racial caricature, eradicate “slave culture,” promote ethnic pride and create economic prosperity. The Juneteenth Festival is not only a celebration of emancipation and commemoration of a distinctive past, but an opportunity for future generations to learn about our history. Visitors are invited to tour the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom and the Juneteenth Sculpture Garden. Festival participants will also be able to view continuous screenings of Juneteenth Jamboree produced by Austin’s local PBS-KRLU. Museum Site Coordinator, Para Agboga will kick-off the festivities with an opening address about the history and significance of Juneteenth.
Today, states across the country commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Join us in celebrating the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth as we continue to promote the cultural knowledge and history of African American people. Anyone interested in vending at the Juneteenth Festival should contact Faith Weaver at email@example.com or call (512) 974-4926 for more information.
This event is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CarverMuseumATX and @AustinCityParks.