Johnson House Historic Site is hosting the 15th annual Juneteenth festival, celebrating the 156th Anniversary of the end of slavery, marking 402 years of resistance.
Events will take place along the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue outside of the Johnson House Historic Site as well as among many of the historic sites in the Historic Germantown collaborative.
Johnson House Historic Site - 6306 Germantown Avenue
12 pm - 5 pm
Events up and down the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue for everyone. Masks are not required, but please practice appropriate social distancing. There will be craft vendors, food and drink, fun, educational activities and more. There is also a virtual component that you can join if you can't be at the event in person. Hosted by Michelle Snow and Jeff Hart, this virtual program includes some history of the Johnson House Historic Site, special video viewings and panel discussions, including
"What is Juneteenth? The Story Behind Independence Day for Black Americans" (video)
"Juneteenth Youth Perspective & Today 18-25 Years" (video)
25th Anniversary: In the Land of Jim Crow" (docuseries)
Philadelphia Health Crisis: The High Rate of Gun Violence (panel discussion/Q&A live)
FREE tickets for panel discussions or the festival are available on Eventbrite.
ACES Veterans Museum - 5801 Germantown Avenue
12 pm - 4 pm
Events include the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, fun and educational activities for children, book signing and food.
Concord School House & Upper Burying Ground - 6309 Germantown Avenue
Events include a fiber art display exhibition in the Upper Burying Ground
"Black Lives Matter / Racism Kills: An Exhibition of Fiber Works by Cassandra Stancil Gunkel"
and a program with Grounded Theatre Company: THE SLAVE NARRATIVES: 400 Years of Resilience. It is a a site specific performance of The Slave Narratives. Based on interviews of formerly enslaved people gathered during the 1930s, the play provides a window into their lives during and after slavery.Two special performance times and tickets are free. Please register at the Concord website.
Historic Fair Hill - 2901 Germantown Avenue
Events include history and mural tours, family fun events throughout the day. Juneteenth programming runs from 1:30 - 4:00 pm with a performance of "Meet Jo Ann Robinson" at 3:00 and a Q&A with the writers and director after. "Meet Jo Ann Robinson" - written and starring Terri Lyons, is about Jo Ann Robinson, the quiet powerhouse behind the Montgomery Alabama Bus Boycott.
Cliveden - 6401 Germantown Avenue
Liberty to Go to See theatrical performance returns virtually on June 19th as part of Historic Germantown's Juneteenth celebration. This year's presentations will focus on three themes: Liberty during the American Revolution, Liberty for the Enslaved and Liberty for Women. Each presentation will feature an introduction from facilitator Patricia Scott Hobbs, scenes from the play and insights from three guest speakers.
Tickets are $5 for each program and on sale now through Eventbrite. All registrants will receive the Zoom presentation's link on the day of each program. Visit https://cliveden.org/liberty-to-go-to-see/.
Additionally, Historic RittenhouseTown will have papermaking demonstrations on the grounds of Cliveden from 1 pm - 4 pm. There are also guided grounds tours of Cliveden available - you need to reserve in advance. Check out their website for details.