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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: May 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Juneteenth: The Fight for Freedom and the Power of Words - Monday, June 13, 6-8 pm

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Join playwright Marie St. Clair for this Fragments of Freedom Cultural Arts & Theatre Productions event: showcasing spoken word, video and live music to honor the arc of freedom fought for by African Americans through history.

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. Speakers from the arts, media, and government will present excerpts of powerful speeches from historical figures that embody the innate desire for freedom and demand for civil rights.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the event and intermission. Proceeds benefit the Hampton History Museum.

After intermission guests will be treated by songs and music selected by the performers that have special meaning to them in the spirit of Juneteenth.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information call 757-727-1102.

This free special event is presented in collaboration with the Fort Monroe Authority, Fort Monroe National Monument.

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