Black Museums from coast to coast collaborate to launch Blkfreedom.Org

A Launch to Commemorate the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth

DETROIT, MI - On June 19th, six leading Black museums and historical institutions will join forces to launch BLKFREEDOM.org, a digital commemoration of Juneteenth. BLKFREEDOM.org will air an original video presentation featuring appearances from Lonnie G. Bunch III, the first African American and historian to serve as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole, anthropologist, educator, museum director, and the first female African American president of Spelman College, along with the Honorable Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. The program will premiere at 12:00 PM EST on June 19th, 2020.

BLKFREEDOM.org commemorates the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth. Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free. This announcement was more than two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

BLKFREEDOM.org is a combined effort between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hill Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN). Through educational content, artistic performances, and shareable discussion prompts, this collaborative explores the meaning and relevance of “Freedom”, “Justice” and “Democracy” in African American life. For more information, visit www.blkfreedom.org.

About the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. The Wright Museum’s mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture — the museum’s 22,000 square foot, immersive core exhibit — is the largest, single exhibition surveying the history of African Americans. The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials, and offers more than 300 public programs and events annually.





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