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146th Anniversary of Juneteenth National Freedom Celebration in America

Posted By @ Nov 12th 2011 10:19pm In: Petersburg VA Real Estate

Petersburg VA Real Estate: Historic Celebrations

The Washington Cultural Foundation, Petersburg National Battlefield and the City of Hopewell present the 146th Anniversary of Juneteenth National Freedom Celebration in America. Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration to mark the partial end of slavery in the United States, in a commemoration of June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is celebrated throughout America in over 200 cities. This year’s theme give tribute to the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, it’s Sesquicentennial.

On Friday June 17, 2011 join us as we give homage to our ancestors subjected to the block at Corling Corner at 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM at Bank and Sycamore Streets in Petersburg, VA.

On Saturday, June 18, 2011 a spectacular and moving libation ceremony takes place at the boardwalk along the James River, at the bottom of Pecan Avenue, starts this fifth annual family-oriented historical event at Petersburg National Battlefield City Point Unit. A short ceremonial walk commence to the grounds of the Appomattox Manor Plantation. The program is introduced by Rebecca Rose of The Washington Cultural Foundation. The Honorable Mayor Christian Bailey presides with welcome and presents The Juneteenth Proclamation from the City of Hopewell. A State official to present the Governor’s Proclamation, followed by acknowledgement of event sponsors, supporters, dignitaries and guests.

Mr. Lewis Rogers, Superintendent of Petersburg National Battlefield for the National Park Services is Keynote Speaker.

Festivities include performances by The Hopewell Christian-Aires, The Sanctuary Choir, Judah Praise Youth Choir from Mt. Carmel Baptist, Angel DeCarlo, Emily DeCarlo and others along with displays, exhibits, and a meet and greet reception. The ‘Inspiration Pavilion’ will feature Health information by the South Regional Medical Center, Genealogical Research information by the Appomattox Regional Library,  The Thirteen Forgotten by Ranger Robert Webster, The Washington Cultural Foundation’s Art and History exhibits, Virginia State University, and Maggie Walker Museum.  Petersburg National Battlefield rangers will provide re-enactments, interpretive tours of the house and grounds and history-related activities for kids. We welcome the Mark Matthews Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers presentation again this year.

Juneteenth’s origins are in Galveston, Texas where on June 19, 1865, slaves there first learn of their freedom from Union troops, escorted by the USCT. The commemoration in modern times celebrates the continued quest for freedom, acknowledge African American achievements and engender to promote mutual respect among diverse cultures in our community as well.

Petersburg National Battlefield was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. The park staff is committed to preserving and protecting the historical, cultural, and natural resources within the park in a manner that will provide interpretation, education, and enjoyment for the visitors.

All are welcomed to come out to enjoy and share in this historic celebration of freedom and unity. Neighbors and visitors are invited to bring food and water. (No alcoholic beverages)  

Friday, June 17, 2011 
CORLING’S CORNER COMMEMORATION, Wreath Laying
12:00 – 1:00 PM Northeast corner Bank and Sycamore Streets, Petersburg, VA

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time/Place: Appomattox Plantation/ Grants Headquarters at City Point
Cedar Lane and Pecan Avenue, Hopewell, VA
Free Event. All are welcomed.
10a.m. Libation Ceremony at the Riverfront
Performing:
11a.m. – 2p.m. Program and Celebration
Performing: The Hopewell Christian-Aires, Mr. William King Jr. Manager
2p.m. – 3p.m. Reception and Exhibitions
Area Church choirs and musicians invited to perform

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