The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum are hosting the fourth annual Juneteenth event, Celebrating Heroes and Emancipation Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum. Juneteenth commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation and the achievements of African- Americans.
Easton’s Juneteenth celebration started with the dedication of the Frederick Douglass statue on Talbot County’s courthouse lawn. Subsequent years, the Juneteenth event honored the remarkable achievements of World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen and the archeological finds of the Hill Project, highlighting the early local African American community heritage, and heroic forbearers like Buffalo Soldier William Gardner.
This year, the event will focus on Gospel music with performances by numerous choirs and musical groups from around our region. Local schools and community gospel choirs have all signed on to celebrate singers and songwriters from the past who have inspired people through song. Featured will be Ian Young, 2014 graduate of Easton High School and local singer/songwriter Kentavius Jones. In addition, Talbot County native son, Monte’ Henry; Voice Professor Dr. John Wesley Wright from Salisbury University; and Faye Wilson and the BCD Ensemble out of Salisbury, MD, will sing at Friday’s opening reception at the Museum where local legends, Rev. Mary Sullivan and Rev. William F. Holt, will be honored.
The Museum is hosting an exhibition by renowned children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier, “Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth,” May 10 through July 20, 2014. Originally from Pocomoke on the lower Eastern Shore, Mr. Collier has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Medal for Martin’s Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of our Juneteenth celebration, Mr. Collier will offer a book reading and will sign his works. There will also be a pottery demonstration by African-American ceramic artist Ernest Satchell.
The Museum will also offer a fun family art project creating colorful silhouette art and student art work, which will be hung on the Museum’s fence (weather permitting). There will also be informational displays and vendors providing food including crab cakes, fried fish, pit beef, hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, and more. Crafts, books, art, and jewelry will also be on sale. The event will be held rain or shine at the Academy Art Museum at 106 South Street, Easton, Maryland. For further information, visit www.academyartmuseum.org/juneteenth or call 410-822-2787.
Photo #1: Bryan Collier, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cared about all Americans,” from Martin’s Big Words, 2001, Water color and collage. Renowned children’s book illustrator, Bryan Collier’s exhibition, “Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth,” will be on display during the Juneteenth Celebration where Collier will present a book reading and book signing.
Photo #2: As part of the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, families will be able to participate in a fun family art project. Student art work will be hung on the Museum’s fence (weather permitting).
Photo #3: Featured entertainment, in addition to school and community gospel choirs, will be singer Ian Young, 2014 graduate of Easton High School, and local singer/songwriter Kentavius Jones.