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Juneteenth 2024

Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


Festivities begin at 9 AM in the Education Courtyard of the John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden.

Visitors are welcome to bring your own chairs or picnic blankets so you can enjoy the live performance by Jonathan Michael. The Courtyard will be full of Juneteenth-inspired art-making activities perfect for all ages along with demo artists Shawanda C. and Winfred Hawkins. Visitors can also get a great family photo in our photobooth led by Barry Chrietzberg Photography and contribute to a community-led art project inspired by the exhibition Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe.

Inside the museum, guests can follow along on a Bloomberg Connects audio tour featuring special stories from Museum staff on artworks relevant to Black artists and history, as well as themes central to Juneteenth. The Museum will continue to be open for normal business hours after the festivities conclude at 11 AM.

This free program is presented in collaboration with the City of Montgomery and its Department of Cultural Affairs.

Note: Visitors are welcome to bring chairs and blankets to picnic, but coolers are not permitted on Museum grounds. Licensed service animals are always welcome in the Museum; please leave your pets at home.

Art Activities

Flag Streamers
Free Draw
Juneteenth Coloring Sheets
Freedom Bells

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth’s commemoration is held on the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Army Major General Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom for enslaved people in Texas, the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery, due to the ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation. Originating in Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1866 as a celebration of African American culture. It became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was adopted in 1983.

Related Exhibitions

Really Free

The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe
May 3 through July 21, 2024

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