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"Juneteenth is arguably one of the most important days in our country's history as well as African American history. On this day 140 years ago, this country made a good faith effort to live up to the principals it was founded on: liberty and justice for all. The Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, was put into effect on January 1, 1863, but news of the Proclamation and enforcement did not reach Texas until after the end of the Civil War almost two years later."
Juneteenth: A Day to Remember, U.S. Representative Corrine Brown, Press Release, 2005

Juneteenth Family Day

Art of the Game - A Golf tournament to Benefit The Amistad Center for Art & Culture

TBD Please Check back often for updates

Juneteenth Family Day

Juneteenth Family Day - Oh, Freedom!
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Free admission 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Family friendly activities.

Rita Williams-Garcia

Tentative Author event times 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main St., Hartford, CT

Children's book author Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer (Amistad/HarperCollins) and the sequel (to be released the end of May) P.S. Be Eleven, in conversation with an 11 year old (TBD). To be presented in collaboration with the
Wadsworth Atheneum at the museum during Juneteenth Family Day.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Click here to view photos from 2011's Juneteenth Family Day.

Juneteenth Celebration Gala

Saturday, June 15, 2013
Juneteenth Celebration Gala

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford


Complimentary parking in the Travelers Garage adjacent to The Hartford Club on Prospect Street courtesy of Travelers.

Black tie or Afro-Centric attire.

2013 Spirit of Juneteenth Award Recipients:

Musician Paul Brown

Graphic artist Gail Anderson, designer of the USPS stamp commemorating the 150 anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

7:00 - 8:00pm
- Premier level ticketholder reception includes open bar and hors d'oeuvres and awards program. Music by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Trio.

8:00 pm - Midnight
- General admission gala. One complimentary "June-tini" per person, jazz ensemble featuring Jolie Rocke Brown, dancing to music provided by Ronn P, food stations, cash bar.

Juneteenth marks an important moment in American history, June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. Over the years Juneteenth commemorations have grown into broad and jubilant celebrations of achievement, community and heritage and our events in Hartford are among the finest. Proceeds from the Juneteenth Celebration Gala benefit The Amistad Center's exhibitions and culture-based programs and enable the preservation and development of its collection of 7,000 objects.

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Presenting Sponsor:

Liquor Sponsor

Parking Courtesy

Catering by
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Click here to view photos from 2011's Juneteenth Celebration Gala.