OLD TOWN — The Chicago History Museum is celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday with free admission and a day’s worth of virtual programs.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to free people who were still enslaved more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Slavery was formally abolished in the United States by the 13th Amendment in late 1865.
The museum at 1601 N. Clark St. will have free admission Saturday, when it will be open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The museum’s virtual event, Resounding Liberty: Remembering Juneteenth, will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will feature a civic talk hosted by journalist Laura Washington on the national impact of Juneteenth.
Other virtual festivities include a Kitchen Table Talk about the significance behind Juneteenth dishes and an interactive poetry and song performance exploring the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman.
More information and registration for the virtual event can be found on the Chicago History Museum’s website.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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