Posts Tagged ‘juneteenth’

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Elizabethtown Social Center to present Juneteenth Celebration with Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir

Juneteenth Celebration graphic.

Elizabethtown, NY – Everyone is welcome to gather for a joyful Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Elizabethtown Social Center on Wednesday, June 19 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The highlight of the evening is a 7 p.m. performance with the rousing and spirited Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir directed by Dr. Dexter Criss. Come at 4:30 p.m. for a BBQ, mocktails, lawn games, and book raffles for all ages.

Sing Along: Dr. Criss will also be leading a Gospel Workshop for members of the community – all singing levels are welcome.  From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., he will rehearse one gospel song that audience members will have the opportunity to perform with the choir during the evening performance.  

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Monday, June 12, 2023

North Country Juneteenth commemoration planned

John Brown Farm

A Juneteenth celebration in the North Country which tells the stories of the region’s role in the fight against slavery, as well as prominent anti-slavery Quakers and abolitionist John Brown will be held June 17 thru 19. 

Juneteenth was the excitement that slaves in Texas felt after learning they were free, nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  They immediately began to celebrate.  The “Colors of Freedom” tour will be a unique way for families and visitors alike to experience the struggles that took place in this area.

Clinton and Essex counties were at the center of the roiling abolition controversies before the Civil War, helping many freedom-seekers fleeing enslavement to follow the Lake Champlain corridor to Canada in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s.    The tour will trace those controversies, ranging from Ausable Chasm, to Peru, to Elizabethtown, and then Lake Placid where Brown is buried.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

North Country Juneteenth Colors of Freedom Community Award nominations accepted through May 31

North Star Underground Railroad Museum.

This year the North Country Juneteenth Colors of Freedom celebration of the region’s role in the fight against slaver which highlights the Underground Railroad work in the area and avid abolitionist, John Brown, will be held on June 17, 18, 19 and 20. As part of the celebration, an individual, business, organization or politician will be recognized with a North Country Juneteenth Colors of Freedom Community Award. This award will be given to a person(s) who has honored an individual or organization in the Adirondack/North Country region who has made a positive impact on African American members in the community and actively promoted the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

John Brown Lives! announces Juneteenth events this weekend

Westport, NY – John Brown Lives! (JBL!) is observing Juneteenth this weekend with a documentary film screening, live music, a dramatic performance, and the “Colors of Freedom” driving tour to significant sites of Underground Railroad and abolitionist activity in Essex and Clinton Counties.

Juneteenth is a national holiday that commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States when, on June 19, 1865, federal troops finally arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure the freeing of all enslaved people. Their freedom came two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Colors of Freedom Tour: A North Country Juneteenth Celebration set for June 19

A first-ever North Country Juneteenth celebration of the region’s role in the fight against slavery will highlight Underground Railroad work in the area, as well as prominent anti-slavery Quakers and abolitionist John Brown. Juneteenth is now a national and state holiday which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. The “Colors of Freedom” tour will be a unique way for families and visitors alike to experience the struggles that took place in this area.

The June 19 “Colors of Freedom” tour will feature seven different stops with re-enactors, docents, and celebrations of the freedom spirit in Clinton and Essex counties. Sponsored by the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, John Brown Lives!, the Adirondack History Museum and the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, this event involves existing museums, exhibits at historic locations, and original re-enactments.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

John Brown Farm pairs Juneteenth celebration with 125th anniversary

John Brown FarmOn Friday, June 18, 2021, John Brown Lives! (JBL!) and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYSORHP) will unveil a banner heralding the 125th anniversary of NYS’ acquisition of the John Brown Farm in 1896.

NYS Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos are expected for the unveiling and special tour of the Farm, including the Memorial Field for Black Lives.  Also present will be 125th Anniversary Honorary Committee Co-Chairs novelist Russell Banks and visual artist, historian and acclaimed author Nell Painter. 

They will be joined by environmental leader Aaron Mair, Nicky Hylton-Patterson, director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and Saranac Lake artist and creator of the Memorial Field for Black Lives, Ren Davidson.  

The tour, from 11am-12pm, will include the Dreaming of Timbuctoo Exhibition and a moment of silence in the gravesite where Brown and fellow Raiders are buried and in the Memorial Field.  The public is welcome to attend.

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