Juneteenth is the nationally commemorated day to mark the ending of slavery in the United States.  June 19, 1865 is known also as Emancipation Day, as the news that slavery had been abolished had spread across the nation to Galveston, Texas. Today Juneteenth commemorates freedom and is a time of refection and understanding.  People of all races, nationalities and religions gather around the country united in the concepts of equality and the celebration of diversity. 

Chester County is proud to host Juneteenth commemorations:   

Juneteenth in Pennsylvania: The Frederick Douglass Chronicles is a weekend long celebration from Longwood Gardens to Lincoln University, experience the splendor, history and culture of the region at three memorable events. June 21 - An Evening with Ruth Naomi Floyd: The Frederick Douglass Jazzworks. In this work Ms. Floyd presents her original jazz compositions paired with the actual words of Frederick Douglass, gleaned from speeches and writings. After the performance Longwood's illuminated fountain performance, Freedom, will honor the themes of freedom, hope and strength.

Shop and support the artisans of A Juneteenth African Market Festival at The Creamery of Kennett Square on Saturday, June 22 from noon to 6pm. From arts, crafts, clothing, delicious food, music and more, come together to celebrate freedom, unity and rich Black culture. Every purchase supports local artisans and entrepreneurs.

On Sunday June 23 enjoy Freedom Table, a culinary feast, on the grounds of Lincoln University. This unique gathering celebrates the bounty of freedom along with the healing powers of storytelling.  The featured Chef is Chef Chris Scott, acclaimed Author and Restaurateur, a Chester County native. Chris tells the remarkable story of his family over seven generations through comforting dishes and vivid narratives.  The featured storyteller is Deb Freeman, an award-winning writer and podcast host.

Walk through history in historic downtown West Chester with two fascinating walking tours:
The Underground Railroad Walking Tour an intimate group walking tour of eight locations around downtown West Chester that involved residents in this clandestine operation.  Select dates from June 19th through July 13 are offered; tours are outdoors and last approximately 90 minutes.
Walking Tour: Bayard Rustin's West Chester highlights moments in the life of Civil Rights icon Bayard Rustin, organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Learn about the experiences that helped shape this influential peace activist and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. Select dates from June 19 through 22 are offered; tours are outdoors and last approximately 75 minutes.

 

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