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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: May 22, 2019

Voices of Freedom: Why should we celebrate Juneteenth? - Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 pm

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In commemoration of Juneteenth, otherwise known as “Freedom Day,” recognizing the abolition of slavery, the Musical Mosaic Vocal Ensemble presents an original theatrical production “Why Should We Celebrate Juneteenth” at the Hampton History Museum as part of its monthly music series on Wednesday, June 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Created by Marie St. Clair, this event featuring music, poetry and dance explores the rich history of Juneteenth and seeks to shed light on the importance of the celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 the last of the enslaved in Texas were told that slavery had been abolished and that they were now free.

The premise of the play introduces the audience to a local talk show host interviewing a college professor and a local activist who debate the issue of the significance of Juneteenth. The host and activist are transported back through time to the day that freedom was announced. On their journey they encounter other people from whom they learn the importance of the day and why it should be celebrated. The production incorporates poetry, music, African drumming and dance to tell the story, while honoring its historical significance in an exuberant and entertaining way. The production includes familiar songs such as “Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "People Get Ready" as part of the celebration.

Musical Mosaic is Debra Petteway, Faith Gilliam, Jeannie Mosley, Mildred Lawson, Candyce St.Clair and Marie St.Clair. Special musical selections will be presented by Aundre Rashard. Mathew St.Clair, aka LEVI, will perform an original spoken word piece. Dreason Ruckett will also perform in the show. Original Crawford is drumming for the production.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Proceeds support the museum.

Admission is free for museum members, $5 for non-members. Seating and capacity are limited, and first come, first serve. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Held in the Hampton History Museum’s Great Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, the Front Porch Music Series presents different genres of music that have shaped the American soundscape and influenced talent in Hampton Roads’ vibrant music scene.


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