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FREE EVENT: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg Museum June 20

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FREE EVENT: Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg Museum June 20
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a celebration of emancipation that began in Texas,  with music, performances, food and fun for the entire family

(Indianapolis)  June 9, 2015 -- The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will host a Texas-sized community event, beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20. In honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in Texas, the museum will open its doors free of charge to families for a full day of music, performances, storytelling, hands-on activities, demonstrations, food and fun both inside the museum and outside under The Sails.

It was in June 1865, three years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, that U.S. troops reached Galveston, TX, to enforce that order, freeing 250,000 Texas slaves. The jubilation and festivity following this life-changing news led to the tradition of celebrating freedom on June 19 each year.

The Eiteljorg has partnered with several community organizations to commemorate Juneteenth including Asante Children’s Theater, Freetown Village, Black Cowboy Association, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, Indiana History Center, Indiana State Museum, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Madame Walker Theatre, Crispus Attucks Museum, IUPUI and many others. The day includes:

  • Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and General Orders No. 3 (announcing the total emancipation of slaves)
  • Freetown Village Theatrical Performance
  • Charles A. Tindley Step Team Performance and Workshop
  • Community project with artist Hector del Campo
  • Freetown Village Singers
  • Personal Stories from Galveston: The Place where Juneteenth Began
  • Asante Children’s Theatre Folk Stories
  • The 5th Element: A Hip Hop Perspective on Black History – Presented by Khalid el-Hakim
  • Madame CJ Walker Jazz Band
  • African American Civil War Heroes

Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg is presented by The Efroymson Family Fund, a Central Indiana Community  Fund (CICF) and The Margot L. and Robert S. Eccles Fund, a fund of CICF. Co-sponsors include The Penrod Society and Lewis Wagner LLP.

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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