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Juneteenth

Juneteenth is often cited as African-American Independence Day, a special day of recognition by many municipalities and states. The observances commemorate June 19, 1865, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enforced in Texas, the last of the seceding states to be occupied by the federal army. At the time, an estimated 250,000 persons were still enslaved in Texas, despite the signing of the proclamation more than two years earlier.

Every year the Juneteenth Committee (of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee) plans events, lectures and/or activities to celebrate Juneteenth.

2022 Activities

Movie screening: “Hidden Figures”

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 7:30 pm

Hidden Figures tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Followed by Juneteenth-related trivia & prizes: prizes are gift cards to POC-owned businesses in Falmouth.
In person:
Clapp Auditorium
7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Annual Lecture:

Friday, June 17, 2022, 8:00 pm Friday Evening Lecture Series: “Be the Messenger: Tell the Truth about Independence in America and its Impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” - B. Chad Starks

This year our annual lecture titled “Be the Messenger: Tell the Truth about Independence in America and its Impact on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” will be presented by guest speaker B. Chad Starks, from BCS and Associates, Inc. After the lecture (approximately 45-minutes) the remaining time will be for live Q&A. Registration for Zoom event
In person:
Clapp Auditorium
7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Walk for Freedom:

Sunday, June 19, 2022. 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join us in a contemplative freedom walk as part of the Juneteenth celebrations. You may walk in the Highfield Gardens or the surrounding Beebe Woods. Several different paths of variable lengths will be shown on map handouts. Please drop in any time between 11:30 am-1:30 pm and learn more about the Juneteenth celebration. More information
An independent walk at your own pace and desired space to acknowledge Juneteenth and its symbolism for freedom. To share your walk with us on social media, use the #DACFreedomWalk on your post.

Previous Juneteenth Activities

The Juneteenth Flag
The Juneteenth Flag
Rev. Will Mebane of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth with Tara Murphy of Ammaya Dance and Drum (formerly known as Cape Cod African Dance and Drum) during the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration.
Rev. Will Mebane of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth with Tara Murphy of Ammaya Dance and Drum (formerly known as Cape Cod African Dance and Drum) during the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration.