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2013 Juneteenth Festival: Celebrating Freedom, Culture, & Community

Saturday, June 15, 2013 10AM-4PM
at 6300 Germantown Avenue

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and celebrated annually at the Johnson House in Historic Germantown.  Join us this year for our free community festival to celebrate the 148th Anniversary of Juneteenth.  The festival will feature historic tours, live music, food, dancers, exhibits, and childrens activities depicting the history of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements in America.  With special guest appearances by Harriet Tubman and Henry "Box" Brown sharing their personal stories of freedom.

10am: Freedom Walk from the Historic Marker at Germantown Ave. & Wister St. Designating the "First Written Protest Against Slavery" to the Johnson House. The parade will stop at the Germantown Town Hall site where the original Townhall served as the hospital during the Civil War. The site will be open 12-7pm as part of the 2013 Hidden City Festival, a unique opportunity to see inside this relic of a building.

10am: Panel Discussion hosted at The Mennonite Meetinghouse: "William Still's Journal C. Manuscript and the Underground Railroad." This panel will present the experiences of African American families escaping to freedom and the networks in the Philadelphia-area Uniderground Railroad that supported the anti-slavery movement.

12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm: "Bearing Witness" a special performance piece designed for and inspired by the Johnson House. The piece will showcase sound, dance, and atmospheric sounds featuring movement artists Germaine Ingram and Leah Stein, and sound artist John Phillips with special guest Diane Monroe.

3pm- "Life & Times of Omar Ibn Sayyid" Slave Reenactment

The day will be full of activities throughout the 6300 block of Germantown Ave.  For more information call 215-438-1768.

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