Let freedom ring: Morristown to host seventh annual Juneteenth day, celebrating African American history, June 8

Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.
Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.


From the Bethel A.M.E. Church:

The Morris County NAACP, The Morris County Tourism Bureau, Area Churches, Sororities & Fraternities celebrate Juneteenth

Community and faith groups across Morris County are pleased to announce Morris County’s 7th annual Juneteenth celebration.

This year, the Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County and the Morris County Tourism Bureau have expanded the celebration into a town-wide event to commemorate freedom for all people and the historical contributions of African-Americans in Morris County.

Other participants include the NAACP of Morris County, Bethel Church of Morristown, Presbyterian Church of Morristown, Historic Speedwell, Hyatt Regency, Iron Bar, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Delta Sigma Theta Sororities.

Juneteenth is a traditional holiday marking the end of slavery and will be commemorated on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11:30 am to 9 pm.

Juneteenth, traditionally observed on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of all enslaved African Americans at the end of the Civil War when President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became the law in all States.

As we know it, June 19th 1865, was the day word reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, though this emancipation actually ended slavery on Jan. 1, 1863.


The day kicks off at 11:30 am with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War Weekend at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, followed by a Freedom Walk from Historic Speedwell to the Morristown Green.

On the Green, there will be vendors, a second reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, a restaurant crawl and live performances.

At 3:30 pm a panel discussion, Gentrification, Race & Freedom, will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown.

Panelists will include Social Activist Larry Hamm, historian Dr. Betty Livingston Adams, Rev. David Smazik and Attorney Kisha Pinnock. The day will close with a celebration at the Hyatt Regency in Morristown. More details about all these events can be found at here.

The Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County was created to connect generations of people of African descent by expanding and documenting the contributions they have made to the community. The group connects the past, present and future  through workshops, forums, programs and events that raise the consciousness in regards to the historical and cultural heritage of African-Americans.

Vendor spaces can be reserved here.

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