The Orange County African American Historical Society (OCAAHS) invites you to join its month-long Juneteenth celebration featuring online and in-person events. This year’s theme, A Homecoming Celebration, recognizes the role of Juneteenth in bringing families and communities back together.

The virtual panel on June 15 at 6:00pm, entitled “Juneteenth: The Stories of Homecoming,” will focus on the power of oral histories and family stories. Panelists include Hannah Scruggs, public historian and researcher; Niya Bates, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, Princeton University; and Justin Reid, Director of Community Initiatives, Virginia Humanities.

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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