DETROIT, MI (May 25, 2022) – The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will observe & honor the 157th anniversary of Juneteenth on a national, regional, and local level for the weekend of June 17-June 19, 2022
Education, Economic Independence, Community Engagement. These themes define our Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend, held on June 18 and June 19th.
Education will be highlighted with the history of the holiday as well as a partnership with the Michigan Underground Railroad Exploratory Collective (MUREC) that has culminated in an “Underground Railroad Treasure Hunt” created by Sharon E. Sexton, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Research for MUREC, which features 5 historic sites around downtown Detroit including “The Gateway To Freedom Monument” in Hart Plaza and 2nd Baptist Church in Greektown.
The Underground Railroad Treasure Hunt will be Saturday, June 18th from 10 am to 4pm. The first 5 families to register will receive a “Juneteenth Gift Bag” from the Wright Museum Store.
Throughout Saturday we will be encouraging and supporting economic independence by featuring black owned businesses and job opportunities.
On June 19th – there will be a concert at the museum entitled “Spirits Soar-Free!”
The concert begins at 3pm. The sights & vibrant sounds of musical performances spanning time from the 1860’s until today.
There also will be information tables on-site to display literature of community partners whose missions are connected to the significance of this federal holiday. Community engagement is exemplified by our national and community partnerships, which include The League of Women Voters, We The People of Detroit and Black Farmer’s Land Trust. and MUREC (Michigan Underground Railroad Exploratory Committee).
The Wright Museum will feature on its website, www.thewright.org, “Juneteenth: “We The People” which will livestream at 1pm ET. This presentation is based on the foundational themes of our partner organizations found in cities across the US and Black Americans.
For specific details visit www.thewright.org
About The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 in Detroit, Michigan with the mission of opening minds and changing lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. With ongoing educational programs, activities and exhibits, that mission is being achieved every day. Our 22,000 square foot, immersive core exhibit entitled: And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is the largest, single exhibition surveying the history of African Americans.
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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History