Join The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a Juneteenth Jamboree on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received word from Union soldiers that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation abolished slavery two years earlier.
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The museum’s new, full-day celebration includes storytelling by Portia Jackson as she shares more about the significance and history of Juneteenth. Energetic, authentic, traditional West African and Diaspora drumming is showcased by the Griot Drum Ensemble. Local artists, Ashely Nora and Nathaniel Rhodes, who worked on the Black Lives Matter mural in downtown Indianapolis, lead art programs for families and children. They will share their personal experience of working on a mural that means so much to them for representation and equality. Freetown Village Singers perform music popular in Indiana’s African American communities following the end of the Civil War, and much more.
Enjoy a “summer social” feel with classic yard games and a Junteenth-inspired menu. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Visiting Artist Deonna Craig celebrates Juneteenth with an art program called “The Art of Freedom.” Dive deeper into the symbols on the Juneteenth flag while creating your own.
Junteenth Jamoree is presented by CollegeChoice 529. Families with new or existing CollegeChoice 529 accounts who are attending Juneteenth Jamboree, are eligible to enter a drawing for 529 scholarships. Winners will be announced the following week.
For more information about Juneteenth Jamboree and The Children’s Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org.