Juneteenth in Rutherford County: Events and Activities in 2022

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Juneteenth — which annually commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans on June 19 — has been observed among black Americans for more than 150 years.

But a local NAACP leader wants it to be a holiday that all Americans celebrate.

“Think of celebrating Juneteenth as a day of freedom, which everyone can come together and celebrate wherever they are,” said Katie Wilson, president of the NAACP, Murfreesboro branch.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3, informing the community of Galveston, Texas that President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation liberated African-Americans. Americans enslaved in rebel states. It is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.

Now a holiday observed at the federal level from 2021Juneteenth represents a way of life that was granted to black people through emancipation.

“The slaves were freed and given the opportunity to have the journey of their own lives without looking over their shoulders and having demands made on them,” Wilson explained. “They could be enjoying family, enjoying a job, living on their own and trying to make their family and their community the best life possible.”

If you want to know more, Wilson encourages people to research what Juneteenth means for American history in general.

“Think of everyone when you think of Juneteenth,” Wilson. “Celebrate all that the community does to uplift people and don’t think of it as just another party, but as a day to remember what the past was and you can live for a better tomorrow if we let’s all work together.”

Juneteenth in Murfreesboro

The town of Murfreesboro will host a three-day June 19 celebration, culminating in a festival that has tripled in size this year.

The events will take place at the Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center, 415 S. Academy St., a former school for black children that was renovated and reopened as a historic site in 1998.

“We’ve expanded the Saturday celebration to three blocks instead of just one this year,” said Vonchelle Stembridge, facilities coordinator at the Bradley Academy Museum. “We are excited to create a learning experience for the community to share the significance of this holiday and look forward to our community coming out to celebrate Juneteenth.”

►On June 16, there will be an Authors’ Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. featuring local writers discussing their books and meeting the community. Refreshments will be served.

►Enjoy “Kaleidoscope, a collection of resources for mind, body and soul,” from 4-7 p.m. June 17. Celebrate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the former Confederate States of America at this unique event.

►The Juneteenth Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18. The free event will include an outdoor children’s zone, free games and activities, food and craft vendors, performers, living historical re-enactments, live music and dance performances. .

The co-hosts of the music part are Miracle Nelson and Donivous Odom. Performers include Ernest Newsom, Reggie White & Friends, DJ Smooth, Bernard Bell & Band, Cat Choreography, Miles Creed, Tramaine & the 7-Improv Band, Joseph Robles and others.

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Jason McGowan, associate researcher in oral history at Middle Tennessee State University’s Gore Center, will also be on hand to talk with the community about a new project to collect oral histories from African-American residents of Middle Tennessee. McGowan will answer questions and distribute information about the project, which is funded by a new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about Juneteenth and Bradley Academy, visit murfreesboroparks.com, or contact Stembridge at 615-962-8773, or [email protected]

Discovery Center

Celebrate Juneteenth with free admission from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at the Discovery Center, 502 SE Broad St. in Murfreesboro.

Celebrate African American history, culture and community through special activities for all ages. Visit explorethedc.org/events/juneteenth2022 to learn more.

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