Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum will celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 22 with a free block party including local performers and vendors, food, arts and crafts, a children’s play area and free museum admission.
The theme of the third annual event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is “Celebrating Freedom, Equality and Culture.” The section of Montgomery Street between Lee and Moulton streets will be blocked off for the event.
This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funding from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission.
The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, in recognition of the date in 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were free.
Carla “The Truth” Youngblood, a professional comedienne and motivational speaker from Birmingham, will serve as the emcee for the event. DJ at Large will provide music throughout the day and the group Souled Out Groove will headline the day’s musical acts, performing at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The Red Mountain Yellowhammers, an old-time string band from Birmingham, will also provide a special performance at noon, followed by a presentation in the museum’s auditorium. Other performances during the day include: the ASU Kids’ Choir at 11 a.m., rapper DKR at 11:30 a.m., and Strokez P at 2:30 p.m.
Storytelling and arts and crafts for children will also be a part of the event.
For additional information, contact Donna Beisel, the museum’s K-12 education coordinator, at 334-832-7295.