“We are very excited about this year’s Juneteenth Community Celebration. It is the 14th in Hannibal history,” said Faye Dant, co-chairperson with Marsha Mayfield.
“Many of those past organizers are on this year’s planning committee, including Marsha Mayfield,” Dant said.
“It is a longer celebration this year, because the new Hannibal African American Life and History Project has added several new exhibits to the program,” Dant reported. “We are partnering with several community organizations to truly make this a community effort, and we are hoping to get everyone out to enjoy the festivities, both educational and fun for old and young alike.
“Our kick-off is June 19, with the focus on our local youth, and we are sponsoring a number of activities to get them involved in the entire celebration.”
The schedule lists:
• June 19 - 6 p.m. Spratt Theater, 101 N. Main St., Youth activities co-sponsored by the Hannibal Arts Council, including an art project, a Christian-themed puppet show, other entertainment and activities.
• June 19 to 23 - At Hannibal History Museum. Hannibal African American Life and History Project (HAALHP) will offer a special exhibit, “Slavery’s Echoes”, featuring slave narratives collected in northeast Missouri by the 1936-1938 Federal Writer’s Project (part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s WPA projects). The exhibit will be on display as part of the HAALHP Exhibit at the Hannibal History Museum and will include panels with text, photographs and audio recordings on loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
• June 20 - Freedom Celebration Community Prayer Day, with all local churches invited to participate.
• June 20 - Movie Night - At dusk in Huckleberry Park, featuring the Disney movie, “Ruby Bridges.” This is the true story of a 6-year-old girl who was the first African-American student to integrate her local segregated elementary school. This event is in collaboration with the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.
• June 21 - 7 p.m. “Music Under the Stars” Mark Twain Boyhood Home mall, sponsored by the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum, featuring the Church Sisters. Food tent sponsored by Faye Vaughn and Scott’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
• June 22 - At Hannibal History Museum. Education presentation, “Brown vs. Board of Education” exhibit - National Park Service, Topeka, Kan.
• June 22 - 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Family picnic at the Y-Men’s Pavilion will feature family board games, specialty food vendors, “Evening in MO-TOWN” music and dancing sponsored by Fitz‘s Lounge.
• June 23 - 8:30 a.m., H.O.R.S.E. Basketball Tournament (Parks and Recreation) Norfolk & Southern Multi-sports Complex.
• June 23 - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Family Picnic at the Y-Men’s Pavilion will feature specialty food/retail vendors, gospel concert, “Hannibal Got Talent“ and youth activities.
• June 23 - At Hannibal History Museum, HAALHP will sponsor an afternoon workshop by author Becky Grady on her book “Freedom’s Forty-Eight: USCT of Woodlawn Cemetery, Macon, Missouri,” She will discuss how she located the 48 Civil War United States Colored Troops’ records and offer tips on how to research military records.
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