Where: James Madison’s Montpelier, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2017 | 10 am – 4 pm
Details: Join Us in the Celebration of Juneteenth, co-sponsored by the Orange County African-American Historical Society and The Arts Center in Orange
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the term “Juneteenth.” From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, observance of Juneteenth as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States, and is an official holiday recognized in 45 States and the District of Columbia.
The Day’s Activities
Libation Ceremony: Join Members of the Montpelier Descendants Community to honor ancestors at Montpelier’s slave cemetery for a traditional African libation ceremony followed by a drum process to the main tent at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center10AM – 11 AM
Buffet Lunch provided by the BBQ Exchange11 AM – 3 PM$14/person
On Stage: Atumpan – The Talking Drums and Kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Orange; The Men’s Group of Shady Grove Baptist Church; Blues Musician Dr. Joel Tate; The Gourd Banjo – From Arica to Appalachia with Dr. Dena Jennings; Master Drummer Darrell Rose; Reggae – Adwela & The Uprising; and Open Mic – Performers Young and Old Welcome11 AM – 4 PM
Living History: Women of the Civil War; Harriet Tubman portrayed by Taryn Weaver; United States Colored Troops 23rd and 54th Regiments; Jamal Hall, Blacksmith; Robert Watson, Basket Weaver; and African American Foodways with Leni SorensenAll Day
Authors: Liane Young, “Operation Firefly”; and Beth Dowling Taylor, “A Slave in the White House” and “The Original Black Elite”All Day
Artists: Clinton Helms, Darrell Rose, and Nancy RobinsonAll Day
Archaeology: Meet Montpelier archaeologists to learn about the artifacts and important history they’re digging up. A tour of the active archaeological dig sites also will be offered.All Day“Dig It!” archaeology tour 1 PM – 2 PM
African-American Genealogy with Zann NelsonAll Day
Learn About/Join: The George Washington Carver Regional High School Alumni Association; Orange County NAACP; Orange County African American Historical Society; Orange County Free Clinic Blood Pressure ScreeningsAll Day
There’s Lots to See and Do at Montpelier!
On Juneteenth, tours of the House and the South Yard will be offered at a special rate of $10/person. Bring your walking shoes and hike Montpelier’s 8+ miles of trails through old-growth forests, pastures, and wildflower meadows. Visit the Madison family and slave cemeteries and Mr. Madison’s Temple. In the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center, you’ll find galleries and a museum shop filled with locally-sourced artisanal gifts and food, Montpelier-branded items, children’s toys, and a vast selection of books. Don’t forget to include a visit to the Gilmore Cabin, a freedman’s farm, and the 1910 Train Depot housing an In the Time of Segregation exhibition.
Learn About Some of the Participants in Juneteenth 2017:
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