Spady Mu­seum cel­e­brates June­teenth

South Florida Times - - METRO - Staff Re­port

DEL­RAY BEACH, Fla. - The Spady Cul­tural Her­itage Mu­seum is host­ing a cul­tural com­mem­o­ra­tion to rec­og­nize a spe­cial date in Amer­i­can and Florida his­tory – the end of slav­ery. The free June­teenth cel­e­bra­tion is on Thursday June 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Mt. Olive Bap­tist Church, 40 NW 4th Ave. in Del­ray Beach, FL 33444.

Sto­ry­teller Mar­garet New­ton and singer Ter­rion Nel­son will per­form Prayer Meet­ing, the story of se­cret meet­ings of en­slaved peo­ple on the un­der­ground rail­road.

“The ‘end of slav­ery’ in the United States is highly con­tem­plated con­cept and has a deep a lay­ered mean­ing to our South Florida com­mu­nity. Some would not agree that slav­ery has ended, oth­ers can­not com­fort­ably talk about it be­cause of de­nial or guilt; oth­ers think the past should be buried along with the dead,” said Char­lene Far­ring­ton, di­rec­tor of The Spady Cul­tural Her­itage Mu­seum, the only mu­seum in Palm Beach County ded­i­cated to shar­ing the African, Haitian- and Caribbean-Amer­i­can cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions to Florida. She added, “The Spady Mu­seum’s goal is to make sure the events sur­round­ing this time pe­riod are not lost for­ever. Younger gen­er­a­tions should at the very least be aware of these im­por­tant dates in our shared his­tory. As much as the Fourth of July is cel­e­brated, so should June­teenth.” June­teenth cel­e­brates not only the na­tional June­teenth, which is also known as Eman­ci­pa­tion Day since news of free­dom from slav­ery fell on the 19th of June nearly 150 years ago, but also May 20, 1865, which is Florida’s Eman­ci­pa­tion Day. June­teenth orig­i­nated as a cel­e­bra­tion of the end­ing of slav­ery in Texas.

In Florida, Union Bri­gadier Gen­eral Ed­ward M. McCook es­tab­lished his head­quar­ters at the Hag­ner res­i­dence, known to­day as the Knott House, in Tal­la­has­see. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the Civil War, Gen­eral McCook was re­spon­si­ble for an­nounc­ing the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion. A se­ries of cel­e­bra­tory events are nor­mally sched­uled in Tal­la­has­see on and around May 20.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIWAND

JUNE­TEENTH AT MT. OLIVE: The Spady Mu­seum is host­ing the June­teenth cel­e­bra­tion at Mt. Olive Bap­tist Church in Ft. Laud­erdale to cel­e­brate the end of slav­ery.

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