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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 12, 1993, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture's Juneteenth Celebration was held at the Anacostia Museum. Museum Director Steven Newsome and civic leaders greeted guests with speeches. Musical and dance performances included Universal Messengers of Music, Pennvisions Dance Company, New World Percussion Ensemble, Zulu Nation Hip Hop Dancers, Frankie Addison and the Front Line Jazz Ensemble, Andrew Cacho African Drummers and Dancers, and Nap Turner. Children's activities included storyteller Joy Love, Happy the Clown, and games, such as balloon toss and sack race. Arts and crafts demonstrations included hair braiding, tie dyeing, jewelry making, papier mache, African drumming and dancing, and quilting by Daughter of Dorcas. Author Jill Nelson read from her book, Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience. The theme for the Juneteenth Celebration 1993 was Music and Motion. In addition to performances during the celebration, the recording includes footage of celebration preparations, and interviews with Steven Newsome and Zora Martin-Felton about the importance of the Anacostia Museum hosting a Juneteenth Celebration.
Celebration - festival. Part of Juneteenth Programs. Undated [enclosure dated 1993].
Juneteenth Celebration 1993, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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