Juneteenth film screening and panel at Woolsey Park, HV Arts Council hosts

Celebrate this day of freedom under the stars at Woolsey Park on Friday, June 18 at 8:30pm with a screening of “Juneteenth – A Celebration of Freedom,” a 30-minute documentary presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council in partnership with the Hopewell, Mercer County and Pennington Libraries, and produced by the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and marks the date in 1865 when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. The film offers an insightful perspective about this significant day in American history.

Following the film, learn more from representatives of the new Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, hear about upcoming Juneteenth festivities in Trenton, and discover educational and advocacy resources available through our local libraries.

“We are thrilled to team with our local libraries to bring this important program to the community… and in such a unique outdoor setting,” said Carol Lipson, HV Arts Council executive director. “As we reflect on this important time in our history, we hope to be inspired to continue working toward racial and cultural equity in our country.”

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Bring your own folding chair or a blanket. Gate opens at 8:00pm. Woolsey Park ~ 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Please visit www.hvartscouncil.org for more.

Submitted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing art awareness and appreciation in the greater Hopewell Valley. We celebrate “art in the everyday” by cultivating all types of creative exploration and artistic expression, and encourage us all to see the beauty inherent in the simple and ordinary parts of day-to-day life. Through community collaborations, events, and art-based initiatives, the HV Arts Council highlights our local talents and enriches the cultural and creative life of our community.

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