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AAHMSNJ and Martin Luther King Center Juneteenth Celebration
June 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center will co-sponsor a commemoration of the day that became known as “Juneteenth.” The event will take place from 2:30-5:00 PM on Sunday, June 19th at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.
The significance of Juneteenth is that although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, the enslaved people of Texas did not receive word of their freedom until June 19, 1865. The program will be moderated by Michelle Washington, a local storyteller. It will feature a short film, “Juneteenth 1856-2021” and free giveaways.
Museum president and founder, Ralph E. Hunter, Sr. notes that “Juneteenth has also been called Jubilee and Freedom Day, and was recently designated a federal holiday by President Biden.”
About The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey
The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization with museum locations in Atlantic City and Newtonville, New Jersey. Our mission is to showcase the accomplishments and impact of African Americans in South Jersey and around the country. Admission to the museum is free, but donations are encouraged.
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