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Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of Texas slaves, who were formally notified of their freedom on June 19, 1865. Although Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia in April and the territories in June of 1862, it took over two years for the news to reach Texas. The celebration of freedom demonstrates the richness of African American culture and a strong spirit of community. Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated in communities throughout the country with a variety of activities, including picnics, parades, music, speeches, dancing, rodeos and baseball. In 1989, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture began hosting a Juneteenth celebration, which typically included speeches, musical and dance performances, children's activities, and arts and crafts demonstrations.
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On June 20, 1992, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture's Juneteenth Celebration was held at the Anacostia Museum. Museum Director Steven Newsome, Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, and other civic leaders greeted guests with speeches. Musical and dance performances included a capella groups In Process and REVERB; go-go bands Junkyard Band and Chuck Brown/Soul Searchers; doo-wop singers The Orioles; reggae band Third Eye; Melvin Deal West African Dancers; and St. Teresa of Avila Choir. Children's activities included games, such as balloon toss and sack race. Storytellers Rita Cox and Jamal Koram, puppeteer Schroeder Cherry, and Happy the Clown also performed. Arts and crafts demonstrations included hair braiding, kente weaving, tie dyeing, jewelry making, doll making, cartooning, and quilting by Daughter of Dorcas. The day also included a Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Reenactment by Kwelismith and a poetry reading 'The Spoken Word.'
Celebration - festival. Part of Juneteenth Programs. AV002086: 19920620. AV002092: dated 1992.
Juneteenth Celebration 1992, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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