Discovering Amistad and Mystic Seaport Museum to Co-Host a Celebration of Juneteenth

Mystic Seaport Museum and Discovering Amistad are collaborating to bring a Juneteenth Celebration to the grounds of the Museum on June 19. Amistad, the 128-foot flagship of the State of Connecticut, is currently on display at the Museum’s waterfront.

Juneteenth is a historic day that marked the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers delivered the news to Galveston, Texas that the Civil War was over and enslaved African-Americans were free. Texas was the last state to be informed that slavery had been abolished, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. 

On Saturday, June 19, Discovering Amistad, in collaboration with Mystic Seaport Museum, has planned a special program – including live music, a panel discussion, a “Harambee” reflection, and tours of the schooner Amistad – to commemorate Juneteenth. The 2-hour program is designed to increase awareness and to highlight the roles that we all can play to dismantle racism.  

The program begins at 3 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free after 2:30 p.m. for those attending the event. Guests are asked to identify themselves at the gate to facilitate entry.

“Juneteenth is a day to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the African-American community, both historically and in the present day,” said Paula Mann-Agnew, executive director of Discovering Amistad. “It’s a day to recommit ourselves to addressing racism and promoting social justice.”

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