Newport News Public Library is celebrating Juneteenth with a special exhibit and program. On Saturday, June 19, visit the Main Street Branch for the unveiling of a new exhibit made possible in part by a Virginia Humanities grant: Until Freedom Comes: The African American Experience in Newport News.

Prior to the unveiling, the program will be kicked off with:

  • A re-enactment/reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Spiritual selections from the Norfolk State Concert Choir
  • Message of Hope delivered by Marcia C. Price, Virginia Delegate
  • Musical concert by local group Hostile Animals featuring Freedom/Protest songs from the Civil Rights Movement and Motown
  • Plus refreshments and Juneteenth crafts for younger visitors

For more information about the exhibit, call 757-592-4858 or follow the Instagram page @SayItLoud_NN.

Virginia Humanities grant recipients are required to follow all CDC and Virginia guidelines regarding COVID safety for all in-person events. Given the distribution of our grantees across the state, we are unable to verify compliance at specific events. If you choose to attend, please take reasonable precautions.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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