Celebrate Juneteenth and Black History: Events in Your Area
Events are planned statewide.
Residents across the state this weekend will be celebrating Juneteenth, which marks the ending of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves, in the last place in America where slavery existed, learned of their freedom,according to the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.
That day was June 19, 1895, when Union General Gordon Granger, in Galveston, TX, announced that all slaves were free. The Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by President Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862, but the news didn’t travel to southeast Texas until two and half years later, according to the foundation.
Check out the events this weekend:
From 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday June 19 at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia; free. The event features an African dancer, a Q & A session and more.
Daily, at the Friends of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville; free. This exhibit depicts the journey of African Americans from slavery to freedom and political representation in the U.S Capitol.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekly on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at theEllicott City B&O Railroad Station Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City; $2 to $4. Learn about trains during the Civil War through live demonstrations and exhibitions.
From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at the Ellicott City Colored School, 8683 Frederick Road, Ellicott City; free. This tour will include history about education in this school and the region, changing exhibits and seminars.
From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday June 18 at Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Route 193 and 214, Upper Marlboro; free. Bring a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chair and enjoy live entertainment, guest speakers, games and fun. Rain or shine.
From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday June 18 at the Juneteenth Museum, 2701 N. Charles St., Baltimore; free. The celebration is sponsored by the Juneteenth Museum and the National Park Service.