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Virtual Event

Virtual Event | Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19

On June 19, 1865, news that the Civil War had ended and of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years before, finally reached Galveston, Texas. While enslavement still persisted in some areas of the country, June 19 came to be known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day and is considered the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of chattel enslavement in the US.

Join us for a virtual Juneteenth celebration that includes a civic talk on the history and national impact of Juneteenth, a Hands-On History performance on the story of Harriet Tubman, a Kitchen Table Talk on the significance behind special Juneteenth dishes, and contemporary community advocates who work to amplify African American cuisine.

This event will also be livestreamed from the Museum which will be offering FREE admission for all. Reserve your tickets today.

This event is free of charge. We would greatly appreciate a donation to the Museum in any amount. Links will be provided after registration.


11:00 a.m. – Program

Spoken word performance by interdisciplinary artist avery r. young

Civic Talk | Chicago Perspectives on the National Impact of Juneteenth

Moderator: Laura S. Washington, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and ABC-7 political analyst



12:00 p.m. – Kitchen Table Talk | Celebrating African American Foodways

Moderator: Audarshia Townsend, food and beverage journalist



1:00 p.m. – Hands-On History | Lady Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Join actor Cynthia Maddox for an interactive performance filled with poetry and song exploring of the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman!



Listen to our Juneteenth at CHM playlist on Spotify


Semicolon x Chicago History Museum Adult Reading List

Semicolon x Chicago History Museum: Family Book Box

Engage in Juneteenth family fun with a FREE Juneteenth Family Book Box! Pick one up while supplies last at the Chicago History Museum starting Wednesday, June 16, through Saturday, June 19, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

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Abraham Lincoln's order to affix the US seal to the Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863. CHM, ICHi-032499
Lithograph titled "The Shackle Broken - By the Genius of Freedom" (c. 1865) by E. Sachse & Company. CHM, ICHi-022125

The Details



19 th

11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

Event Location


Chicago History Museum Sharing Chicago's Stories