Atlanta History Center Commemorates Juneteenth with a Free Weekend of Family Programming

Learn more about the end of slavery in the United States through performances and activities

This two-day family program focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

Guests explore the themes of freedom and family history through hands-on activities, and museum theatre performances. Don’t miss a special performance of The Order of Freedom, written by Atlanta History Center award-winning playwright, Addae Moon. This original production explores the impact of the issuance of General Order No. 3, by General Gordon Granger, on June 19, 1865, and the challenges faced by Cora and James Lewis as they begin their journey from slavery to citizenship.

WHAT: Juneteenth, Atlanta History Center annual family festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2014, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday, June 21, 2014, Noon to 5:00 pm

WHERE: Atlanta History Center; 130 West Paces Ferry Road; Atlanta, GA

INFORMATION: 404.814.4000; AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Family

ADMISSION: This is a free weekend at Atlanta History Center. Guests are invited to enjoy the festival, and if time permits, to continue their free day adventures with a variety of Atlanta History Center offerings from discoveries of signature and traveling exhibitions to historic house experiences and explorations of beautiful gardens and trails. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

SUPPORT: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts Council.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

McElreath Hall Activities

Storytelling, Mama Koku

Saturday at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Enjoy hearing an energetic master storyteller share Southern folktales and learn about the history behind them.

Storytelling, Rob Cleveland

Sunday at 2:30 and 3:30 pm

Rob Cleveland, master storyteller, comedian, actor, and teacher, tells the folktale of High John the Conqueror’s journey from Africa, through the Middle Passage, and his experience in America.

Manga African Dance

Saturday at 1:00 and 3:00 pm

Manga’s high energy repertoire exhibits cultural traditions from Western, Central, and Southern Africa. Enjoy watching manga dance not only as entertainment, but also as a healing modality and educational platform to instruct audiences on the meaning and origins of indigenous African dances.

The African American Philharmonic

Sunday at 1:00 pm

Enjoy performances by four members of the AAPO that range from featured contemporary and classical to jazz and gospel works. Listen to vocalist Terry Harper on the piano, Dishaun Harper playing the string bass, percussionist Harris Parson on the drums and orchestra leader John Peek playing the trumpet.

Founded in 1988, the African American Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra (AAPO) was formed to provide a showcase for professional musicians and composers of African American descent in the Atlanta area. At the time the AAPO was founded, there were only four all black orchestras in the country. Listen to performances that range from featured contemporary and classical to jazz and gospel works.

Smith Family Farm Activities

The Order of Freedom

Saturday at Noon and 2:00 pm

Sunday at 12:30 and 2:00 pm

Written by Atlanta History Center award-winning playwright, Addae Moon, The Order of Freedom explores the impact of the issuance of General Order No. 3, by General Gordon Granger, on June 19, 1865, and the challenges faced by Cora and James Lewis as they begin their journey from slavery to citizenship.

Southern Foodway Traditions

Saturday and Sunday Ongoing

From Africa to the New World, learn how the enslaved community shaped Southern food traditions that we love today.

Mary Elizabeth Bowser, Meet the Past Museum Theatre Experience

Saturday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Sunday at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:00 pm

Meet Union spy Mary Bowser and become a trusted confidant working for the estate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Listen as Bowser shares her struggles of living a double life, as an educated free woman pretending to be an unassuming servant in order to capture vital information for Union forces.

Atlanta History Museum Activities

Turning Point: The American Civil War

Saturday and Sunday Ongoing

Self-guided Audio Tours

At 9,200 square feet, Turning Point is the largest Civil War exhibition in the Southeast telling the story of the war from start to finish and beyond. Included are over 1,400 original Union and Confederate artifacts, plus photographs, dioramas, videos and interactive components covering the causes of the war, soldiers’ lives, wartime manufacturing, the home front and the bloody, decisive campaigns of 1864. A final section encourages guests to search for the consequences and meaning of the war, which claimed 670,000 American lives – more than the combined number of Americans killed in all other wars combined from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. Audio tour headsets are available in exhibition hallway.

Food for Sale:

Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ

Available Saturday at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Available Sunday at 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Coca-Cola Café – serving a limited Chick-fil-A menu

Available Saturday at Noon – 2:00 pm

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About Us

The Atlanta History Center is an all-inclusive destination featuring the Atlanta History Museum; two historic houses, 1928 Swan House and 1860 Smith Family Farm; the Centennial Olympic Games Museum; Kenan Research Center; Grand Overlook event space; Chick-Fil-A at the Coca-Cola Café, a museum shop, and the Goizueta Gardens, featuring 22 acres of gardens, walkways, paths and trails. In addition, the History Center operates the Margaret Mitchell House located in Midtown Atlanta.

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This two-day family program focuses on the appreciation and commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
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This is a free weekend at Atlanta History Center.
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Activities include: Storytelling by Mama Koku and Rob Cleveland, Manga African Dance, the African American Philharmonic, The Order of Freedom, Southern Foodway Traditions, and Meet the Past with Union spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser.
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