Charlottesville, VA - The 13th annual community Juneteenth celebration hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College will be held Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. All Juneteenth events are free and open to the public.
Dating back to 1865, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. In recent years, Juneteenth has enjoyed a growing interest from communities and organizations across the nation. Virginia is one of 30 states officially observing Juneteenth.
The celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, with a Tribute to the Ancestors featuring drumming and musical and spoken-word performances. The tribute will take place in the lakeside amphitheater on the College grounds behind the V. Earl Dickinson Building. Participants are encouraged to wear white or African clothing for this event.
Following the tribute, a performance of Court Martial at Fort Devens will be performed in the Main Stage Theatre. Based on a true story and set during World War II, this play explores the complexities of standing up for personal freedom. A public reception follows. The play will be performed again at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.
Also on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. there will be activities in and around the Dickinson Building. Members of the community are invited to celebrate the journey that brings us together with cultural displays, historical re-enactments, music, drumming, dance, children's activities and more. Vendors will sell food and handmade crafts. Bring your own picnic or purchase food on site and plan to spend the day.
Juneteenth programs are designed to provide unique and enriching learning experiences for the whole family, including authentic historical reenactments of plantation life and hands-on activities for children.
For more information, call 434.825.8204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.