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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 14, 1997, the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture's Juneteenth Celebration was held at Anacostia Park. Performances included hip-hop dance by Apocalyptic Future; jazz band Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band; percussion group Drums of Fire with Barnett Williams and Baba Ngoma; Danny Dread; the Anointed Souls; storytellers Shindana Cooper and Bill Grimmette; and Nap Turner's rendition of 'Hughes Views of the Blues.' The day also included activities for children and families, and arts and crafts demonstrations.
Celebration - festival. Part of Juneteenth Programs. Dated 1997.
Juneteenth Celebration 1997, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
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