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Juneteenth Celebration at ASF

Commemorated annually on June 19, “Juneteenth” is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the US.

The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln declared all persons held as slaves in the United States would be freed on January 1, 1863. However, most slaves in Texas were unaware of their freedom until after the Civil War ended. On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston to inform the people of Texas that all slaves were free.

Juneteenth celebrations began in Galveston in 1886, with parades, prayer, singing, and readings from the proclamation. 

ASF invited Black theatre artists who have collaborated with us over the years to respond to the question What does freedom mean to you? 

Join us in celebrating and reflecting upon this important annual holiday by visiting our Juneteenth outdoor installation on ASF’s great lawn through July 5, 2021. There are 13 panels located on our gorgeous grounds in Blount Cultural Park.

We invite you to tour the 13 panels located on our gorgeous grounds in Blount Cultural Park.  

ASF’s outdoor installation celebrating Juneteenth is made possible through support from the City of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. 

Alabama Shakespeare Festival and its artists, staff, and artisans are busy at work. The pandemic is inspiring us to develop creative programs and events to bring the arts to you in this age of social distancing. Please join us along this journey by making a contribution today. Your tax-deductible gift will help ASF engage, entertain, and inspire students and adults. 

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