Dr. Ramona La Roche will tell the story of basket sewing and the Gullah Geechee culture.

Delray Beach, FL – Mary Graham Grant has been sewing sweetgrass baskets in the traditional ways of the Gullah Geechee since making her first one in 1990. Now an artist-in-residence, Grant travels the country, sharing traditional art forms that were brought to coastal South Carolina from West Africa via the slave trade.

As part of the June 8 Juneteenth Celebration at the Frog Alley Caribbean Festivalin Delray Beach, Grant will demonstrate the artistry of sweetgrass basket sewing and give hands-on instruction to the festival-goers.


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.


Sat, Jun 08, 2019 SW 5TH Avenue & Atlantic Ave

Bring the whole family as 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.


“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.

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.

Learn more about Juneteenth.