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Support Juneteenth at the NBMAA
June 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Be a part of the New Britain Museum of American Art’s 20th Juneteenth celebration.
Help us bring live entertainment and food to this important day!
Your donation will make it possible for us to present live entertainment, art activities, local food, and help make this community celebration fun for all ages. By contributing to our Juneteenth fundraising campaign, you will be supporting a community-lead effort that benefits local arts and the community at large.
Juneteenth is celebrated each year on June 19th to commemorate the freeing of more than 250,000 enslaved black people in Galveston Bay, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had technically gone into effect on January 1, 1863, it took over two years for news to reach the farthest communities. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, travelled to plantations and cities across the south to bring news of freedom to the people enslaved in Confederate States. It was not until February 1, 1865 that the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery in the Constitution, was ratified by President Abraham Lincoln.
Juneteenth was first celebrated in Texas on June 19, 1866 and has been celebrated across the United States since. Historically, celebrations have been community-wide events, bringing people together to share a joyous experience with food, song, and dance.
The NBMAA started celebrating in 2001 and, excluding a short hiatus, has marked the holiday every year since! This year, we are returning to the celebration with renewed enthusiasm! With the help of our Local Advisory Committee, we have big plans for Juneteenth and we are asking for your help to see them through. The day begins on Saturday, June 19, at 11 a.m. with a flag-raising and the Black National Anthem—to be performed by Aleecya Foreman. There will be drumming, dance, and poetry performances throughout the day. There will also be local food vendors, and we encourage you to enjoy a picnic in Walnut Hill Park. NBMAA art activities will be available for children and families. Community organizations and vendors will be present to share about their mission and how you can get involved in the community. The celebration will end at 4 p.m. We encourage you to show off your own heritage and wear cultural clothing! Due to COVID restrictions, limited space is available, so please register ahead of time (registration is free). We also require masks to be worn and social distancing to be observed. We will be following current COVID guidelines so that this day will be fun and safe for all.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.