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Academy Art Museum Hosts Juneteenth Celebration on June 17

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery and the end of the Civil War. On Saturday June 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Academy Art Museum will host a celebration which will commemorate Emancipation Day, celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values that we share as a community.

Free activities include screening of the film, 13th, a NETFLIX original documentary by Ava DuVernay, Director of Selma; a Community BBQ in the Museum’s Courtyard; and the opportunity for individuals and families to create their own quilt patch, using slave codes. Participants will also be able to view and learn more about the Sesquicentennial 1864 Maryland Slave Emancipation Quilt. For the 150th anniversary of emancipation in Maryland, the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture (MCAAHC) commissioned a quilt to visualize the stories of people, places, and events in every Maryland county and Baltimore City before, at the time of, or after the ratification of Article 24. In addition, there will be entertainment by local artists and keynote address by Dr. Joan M.E. Gaither, designer of the Emancipation Quilt. Local vendors include Talbot Rising, Talbot Mentors, Neighborhood Service Center, Imagination Library and LivAgain/ArtBar. 

For information, visit academyartmuseum.org/juneteeth or contact Damika Baker, Director of Development (410) 822-2787 or dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.