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Kennett Square Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us for the first of what we hope will become an annual Juneteenth Celebration honoring the heritage, human dignity and history of the Underground Railroad in the Kennett Square area. Free parking in the lower levels of the municipal parking garage on the 100 Block of East Linden. The upper levels of the parking garage will be closed for maintenance work.
Screening of “Whispers of Angels” – 9am to 4pm at the Kennett Library – this hour long movie will be shown throughout that time frame on a continuous loop
Studies Buddies community reading activity– 12pm to 3pm, 300 Block of East Linden Street
Special guest readers include representatives from Kennett Police Department, Mayors Office, LCH-La Comunidad Hispana and ACOLA
Kennett Underground Railroad Pop Up Museum – 12pm to 3pm inside the New Garden Memorial UAME Church, 309 E. Linden
Ask an Expert – Chat with historian Chris Densmore – 12pm to 3pm inside the New Garden Memorial UAME Church, 309 E. Linden
Walking Tour: Free Blacks & Abolition Sympathizers in Kennett Square– 1pm to 3pm meeting in the Genesis Walkway (between Linden Street Parking Garage and State Street) – locations along tour will be marked by balloons (starting at approx. 109 E. State Street)
Performance from Folkloric Heritage – 3-4pm inside the Bethel A.M.E Church, 301 E. Linden
A partnership of the:
Bethel A.M.E. Church
Carter CDC – Study Buddies program
Historic Kennett Square
Kennett Underground Railroad Center
Martin Luther King CommUNITY of Greater Kennett Area
New Garden Memorial UAME
HISTORY OF JUNETEETH © JUNETEENTH.com
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.