|Calendar||Bedford Artisan Trail|
|Location||Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest 1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA 24551|
|Date||Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00am - 3:00pm|
Juneteenth Celebration at Poplar Forest: Journey to Liberation
Join Poplar Forest staff, the African American Advisory Group and special guests as we celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Admission is Free!
The day begins at 11:00 a.m. with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation followed by the Virginia resolution abolishing slavery. Afterwards, enjoy music and dance performances by the St. John Baptist Church gospel choir, Central Virginia Community Chorale Ensemble, the Kuumba Dance Ensemble and the Legendary Ingramettes and a spoken word performance by Terrill Snead. Peruse information booths sponsored by local educational, wellness, and civic and social organizations. Have a bite to eat from the area’s finest food trucks, and shop for works by local artisans. Learn about the foodways of slaves from costumed interpreter Cheyney McKnight of “Not Your Momma’s History.” Watch as skilled furniture maker Jerome Bias demonstrates and interprets the intricate joinery performed by talented enslaved craftsmen such as John Hemings. Poplar Forest’s Enslaved Community Tours will also be available throughout the day.
|Additional Info Link||http://www.poplarforest.org|