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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 15, 1996, 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 community leaders greeted guests with speeches. Performances included Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers & Drummers; jazz vocalist Sunny Sumter; a cappella quintet DC's Finest; storytellers Dylan Pritchett, Marvel Abayoni-Cole, Bill Grimmette, and Morton Brooks; and Shirleta Settles. The day also included Kwelismith's Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The theme for the Juneteenth Celebration 1996 was Freedom Revisited.
Celebration - festival. Part of Juneteenth Programs. Dated 19960615.
Juneteenth Celebration 1996, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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