Monday, June 19, 2017
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Old School Square
Admission: $10

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 live music, artistic expressions and demonstrations, belly dancing, drumming, story-telling, speakers and food.


Historian & educator Margaret Newton tells the civil war emancipation story, accompanied by the Pasco Baker Choir.


Local visual artists and youth performances from the tri-county area will share the jubilation of being free.


America survives a dark period in our history and emerges stronger than ever.


Bring the whole family! Featuring Lafayette Gilchrist with Drew Tucker , Barbeque by Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, Interactive Art by Sharon Koskoff & Juneteenth Storytelling. Event held at the Fieldhouse at OSS.


“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.”

Spady Director Charlene Farrington (right) at the 2016 Juneteenth Celbration.


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. To learn more Juneteenth, visit

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.