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Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery
June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Update: 5:30 and 7:00 tours are currently full, but the 6:30 Gullah Geechee Ring Shouter performance is open to the public. If you wish to be added to the tour waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an email by Saturday morning if a space opens up.
Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War.
Historic Oakland Foundation hosts a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 15. Join us for tours of the African American Grounds at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Explore Atlanta history and hear stories straight from three Oakland residents who have returned to Oakland to celebrate this special commemorative day.
The program will include a performance by the Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters at 6:30. The Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters are one of the world’s top performing artists of the Geechee Gullah Culture. All performers are descendants of African slaves, offering history and heritage presentation of African-American culture from slavery, in an effort to continue the traditions of their ancestors.
- Guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s African American Grounds at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters performance at 6:30 p.m.
- Burial records lookup
- Discounts on select book titles in the Visitors Center & Museum Shop
- Discounts on Historic Oakland Foundation memberships
Juneteenth 2020: The Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters performance is a part of Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, a larger project led by artist Charmaine Minniefield and Flux Projects scheduled for Juneteenth 2020. Charmaine Minniefield’s practice of remembering as a form of resistance that celebrates the resilience of a people and secures Black narratives from erasure. The 2020 project will examine the institutions of place and space as they inform identity and belonging by visually revisiting the Ring Shout, a traditional African-American worship and gathering practice whose origins predate slavery out of West African ritual and ceremony. For Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, Minniefield will create an installation in Oakland Cemetery to recognize the over 800 recently discovered unmarked graves in the African American Grounds of the cemetery. The project has been timed to coincide with the Historic Oakland Foundation completing restoration of the African American Grounds and the cemetery’s 2020 Juneteenth celebration.
Historic Oakland Foundation is partnering up with the APEX Museum to celebrate Juneteenth! The APEX Museum will commemorate Juneteenth with a family scavenger hunt and a free museum day. The APEX Scavenger Hunt will take place June 12-21. Gather a group of family and friends to solve riddles inside the APEX Museum and on Auburn Avenue. Purchase your scavenger hunt packet June 12-21. All correct teams will be entered into a drawing for prizes. One contest winner will receive an APEX gift pack valued at $100.
The APEX will be FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, June 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Enjoy refreshments and storytelling while testing your skills and knowledge on the scavenger hunt. Visit www.apexmuseum.org for Juneteenth details.