Published on June 7th, 2016 |


History Center to host Juneteenth family program on end of slavery

The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host a Juneteenth family program June 18 and 19 that will commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. Guests can explore the themes of freedom and family history through activities, demonstrations and museum theater performances.

A highlight of the annual gathering this year is a lecture and signing by the authors of the new book, “We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., Ph.D., and Marjory Wentworth.

The book has been hailed as an essential multi-layered exploration of the tragic events at Charleston’s Mother Emmanuel Church last summer. Guests can also enjoy demonstrations and culinary conversations with food historian Michael W. Twitty as he provides new insight into the rich history of African-American foodways and the development of Southern cuisine.

Another highlight is a performance of “The Order of Freedom,” written by Atlanta History Center award-winning playwright Addae Moon. This original production explores the impact of the issuance of General Order No. 3, by Gen. Gordon Granger June 19, 1865, and the challenges faced by one couple as they begin their journey from slavery to citizenship.

The Juneteenth program will take place June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at the History Center, which is located at 130 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. Admission to the event is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

Guests are invited to enjoy the programming, and if time permits, to continue their free-day adventures with a variety of center offerings, from signature and temporary exhibitions to historic house experiences and explorations of beautiful gardens and trails.

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

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