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The Beginnings of Freedom: Juneteenth Celebration & The Suffrage Movement

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free – $5

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The Beginnings of Freedom: Juneteenth Celebration & The Suffrage Movement
Family Activity with Heather Whitehouse

Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery, by reading Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, by Dean Robbins, and A Picture Book of Frederick Douglas, by David A. Adler. Afterwards, participate in a guided project with a teaching artist.

What is Juneteenth?

  • Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
  • Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
  • Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact in Texas due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.
  • June 19th, 2020 will mark the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth.

Activity packets are still available for shipping (shipping & handling included), but we cannot guarantee arrival by Friday, June 19th, however the projects are a fun craft to enjoy and create for the summer! You may also arrange to pick-up packets at the Museum by calling (203) 753-0381 x130. Supported in part by CT Humanities.

In order to participate, we recommend that you download the Zoom app on a laptop or tablet before the presentation and get into the Zoom room a few minutes early to address any technical problems. Registered participants will receive a link with the meeting URL via email.


June 19
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $5


Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street
Waterbury, CT 06702 United States
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