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Juneteenth Story


Visual Arts - Performing Arts - Heritage Arts - Spoken Word. These are ways to express what freedom means to us all.


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


Porch Stories

Bring the whole family to The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum’s Juneteenth Porch Stories. In collaboration with the Delray Beach Library, children will be regaled with freedom stories told by a local storyteller on the front porch of the Williams Cottage. Children will receive a copy of the featured story to take home as well as a traditional summer treat. May 20th marks the anniversary of freedom in the State of Florida and June 19th (Juneteenth) is the nationally observed freedom day. This 2-hour event is free and open to the public.

Juneteenth Concert

Mother Blues in Concert

Since the age of six, Pat Cohen was surrounded by music, played and sung by family members. Her first professional engagement came while she was in college, when she sung at a local club. “They loved me, and the rest is history because I’ve been singing the Blues ever since,” Cohen said. For years, she sang in New Orleans venues, including the House of Blues, until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home and she relocated to North Carolina. Join us at the Arts Garage for the soulful sounds of Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. After the show, Mother Blues will be joined onstage by Dr. Joan Cartwright (40 year Jazz and Blues veteran) who will lead the performer in a “talk back” with the audience. Tickets will go on sale soon!


“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.”


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.