6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum welcomes everyone to a cultural celebration, recognizing a special date in American and Florida history – commemorating the end of slavery. Guest will enjoy music, story-telling, speakers and speakers during the celebration. This year, Juneteenth welcomes the return of storyteller Margaret Newton and singer Terrion Nelson; they will perform Prayer Meeting, the story of secret meetings of enslaved people on the underground railroad.
Bring the whole family! Featuring local youth group performances, a guest speaking engagement by Nate Battle and MORE.
A WORD FROM OUR DIRECTOR
“The ‘end of slavery’ in the United States is highly contemplated concept and has a deep a layered meaning to our South Florida community,” said Charlene Farrington, director of The Spady Museum. “Some would not agree that slavery has ended, others cannot comfortably talk about it because of denial or guilt; others think the past should be buried along with the dead. The Spady Museum’s goal is to make sure the events surrounding this time period are not lost forever. Younger generations should at the very least be aware of these important dates in our shared history. As much as the Fourth of July is celebrated, so should Juneteenth.”
HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH
Juneteenth celebrates not only the national Juneteenth, which is also known as Emancipation Day since news of freedom from slavery fell on the 19th of June nearly 150 years ago, but also May 20, 1865, which is Florida’s Emancipation Day. Juneteenth originated as a celebration of the ending of slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and 1,800 troops of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved persons were free. Even though President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect on January 1, 1863, freeing all enslaved persons in those states in rebellion against the United States, for various reasons, the decree had not yet taken effect in Texas. Learn more about Juneteenth.
In Florida, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner residence, known today as the Knott House, in Tallahassee. Immediately following the Civil War, General McCook was responsible for announcing the Emancipation Proclamation. A series of celebratory events are normally scheduled in Tallahassee on and around May 20.