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Shout Hallelujah: Juneteenth at the MMFA
June 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
With the Art Museum and Blount Cultural Park as our backdrop, this Juneteenth we’ll celebrate African American artistic traditions from Jazz and Soul to sculpture and images from as far back as the 1860s to as recently as 2019!
Join us inside for this celebration of freedom centered on culture, creativity, and community.
Continue the Celebration
After enjoying the events in Blount Cultural Park, head downtown for the Rosa Parks Museum’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration from 11 AM to 6 PM and then over to the Riverwalk Amphitheater from 4 to 9 PM where the City of Montgomery Department of Cultural Affairs will round out celebrations with an event honoring Global African Diaspora Heritage Day.
Due to the weather forecast, this event will take place indoors. In order to safely welcome participants inside during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the MMFA will be limiting the number of visitors allowed to participate in certain activities.
For those not comfortable with attending in person, performances on the auditorium stage will be live-streamed to the MMFA’s Facebook page.
Shout Hallelujah: Juneteenth at the MMFA is presented by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the MMFA Junior Executive Board, and the City of Montgomery Department of Cultural Affairs.
Wilson Auditorium Schedule
Michelle Summers + Tonya Terry
Move Montgomery | Afro-centric dance Led by SQAD
Design Cemented in Time | Tonya Terry
Juneteenth Story | Ibrahim Kareem Lee
Second Line-style Procession led by Avant Garde
Amon Robinson (Jazz)
Design Cemented in Time (1920s, 30s, + 40s) | Tonya Terry
Lee B. Walker Jr. (Gospel)
Design Cemented in Time (1950s, 60s, + 70s) | Tonya Terry
Lift Every Voice and Sing led by Henry Terry + Sheila Jackson
Jeremy Flyy & Flight Control (R&B)
Design Cemented in Time (1980s – Today) | Tonya Terry
Souled Out Groove (R&B) featuring Dionn Overton
Jeremy Flyy & Flight Control
Ibrahim Kareem Lee
Souled Out Groove
Lee B. Walker Jr.
Throughout the Day
Explore your museum and see works by African American artists from the Museum’s Collection.
Artist Demonstrations + Sales
Decorate your own mixed media Juneteenth flag or create a Juneteenth collage. Sketching with Winfred Hawkins in the galleries (10 AM to noon).
Voices of Change
An outdoor art walk featuring ten portraits from the Museum’s collection, all figures who have helped to change our world for the better. Click here to preview the exhibition.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is a national celebration of the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the Confederacy. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and became effective on January 1, 1863, many slave owners in Texas withheld this information from their slaves. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX to announce the end of slavery in the Confederacy. Despite this proclamation, slavery was not fully abolished until December 6, 1865, with the ratification of the thirteenth amendment. In 1866, formerly enslaved people celebrated their freedom on June 19 starting the tradition of Juneteenth. As of June 17, 2021, the federal government officially recognizes June 19th as Juneteenth, making it a federal holiday.