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Five Juneteenth Celebration events to enjoy in St. Louis

Tyrone Wallace

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SAINT LOUIS, MO — The Juneteenth commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S is coming up this week on June 19. The City of St. Louis has recognized Juneteenth as a city holiday starting on June 18, 2021 and a paid holiday for employees of the city. In celebration of Juneteenth, the City of St. Louis is holding several events on June 19 and June 24.

Here is the list of the Juneteenth event:

1. Juneteenth Community Ride

Date and time: June 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Tandy Recreation Center, 4206 Kennerly Ave, St. Louis, MO 63113

Partnering with Trailnet, 4theVille and St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, the 2021 Juneteenth Bike Tour will focus on the historical legacy of Black Musicians in St. Louis. It will also feature pop-up musical performances along the route.

The admission fee will be $15 per person, but free for Trailnet members.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://trailnet.org/calendar/2021-juneteenth/.

2. Art Speaks: Black Craftspeople, Objects, and the Southern Landscape

Date and time: June 19 FROM 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This virtual program will explore the decorative arts, architecture and handcrafts by African-Americans in the early American South. Tiffany Momon, founder and co-director of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive will host the program and discuss how scholars, curators and cultural institutions have historically neglected to highlight their stories and accomplishments. Besides that, she will also introduce the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive and talk about David Drake, a creator of a vessel that is acquired by the Museum.

Join the program at https://www.slam.org/event/art-speaks-black-craftspeople-objects-and-the-southern-landscape/.

3. Field House Museum Juneteenth Celebration

Date and time: June 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Field House Museum, 634 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102

The Field House Museum sets up 2 exhibits to celebrate African-American history with good food, good music and inspiring messages. Besides celebrating Juneteenth, the event also celebrates the partnership of the museum with Julius B. Anthony, President of St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature, and Linda M. Nance, Founding President of The Annie Malone Historical Society.

This event is free but reservations are required through https://fieldhousemuseum.org/event/juneteenth-celebration/?instance_id=2579.

4. Griot Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration Art Show and Sale

Date and time: June 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: 2505 Saint Louis Ave, St. Louis, MO, United States, Missouri

An annual Griot Museum of Black History art show and sale, previewing starts on June 17-19, bidding begins on June 19 and closes on June 21.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheGriotTellsOurStory/posts/453563872436496.

5. Step into the Story with St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature

Date and time: June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

Enjoy a special interactive reading and books by St. Louis Black authors of Children Literature and create crafts or participate in Black History Highlights scavenger hunt.

For more information, visit: https://mohistory.org/learn/early-childhood-family-programs/summer-family-fun-series.

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