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The Eiteljorg Commemorates African American Emancipation with a Juneteenth Celebration

by Hyacinth Rucker | Aug 25, 2016

May 27, 2016

For Immediate Release

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Hyacinth Rucker
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Bert Beiswanger
Director of Marketing and Communications

The Eiteljorg Commemorates African American Emancipation with a Juneteenth Celebration
The institution is offering a free, freedom-themed day of music, lectures,
performances and children’s activities

INDIANAPOLIS—On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over and enslaved Texans were free, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the Eiteljorg Museum will commemorate the anniversary of what the newly-emancipated black Texans called “Juneteenth,” with an exciting day of music, talks, dance, theatre, food, art and Western-themed activities. The museum and its galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Juneteenth programming takes place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Both museum admission and Juneteenth participation are free.

Juneteenth is celebrated in communities nationwide as the end of slavery in America.  “We are proud to welcome and host the Indianapolis community as we observe this very important day,” John Vanausdall, Eiteljorg president and CEO, said. “Juneteenth exemplifies the complex and diverse story of our country’s history, a story we strive to reflect through the Eiteljorg’s offerings year round.”

This year’s Juneteenth celebration at the Eiteljorg will take place beneath The Sails along the Downtown Canal and is presented in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society, the Indiana State Museum, Freetown Village, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Asante Children’s Theatre, the Black Cowboy Association and other local and regional partners.

“Freedom” will be a key theme throughout the day’s activities, and a community comment wall will contain responses to the question, “What does ‘freedom’ mean to you?” Other activities include a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, storytelling, and drumming.

For a schedule of events, please visit

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit


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