Get inspired and energized this Juneteenth with a week of interactive programming at the Weeskville Heritage Center.
Weeksville is kicking off ‘Unapologetically Black Week’ to explore issues of commemoration, tradition, race, creativity and empowerment. The activities during the week will include artist talks, panel discussions, live music and a documentary screening.
The activities begin on Juneteenth day itself, Tuesday, June 19, with a community conversation from 7 to 9 p.m. The day historically marks the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, but has evolved into a national celebration of African American freedom and achievement.
The special programs are in conjunction with two pop up exhibitions at the museum that explore black activism. ‘In Pursuit of Freedom Now,’ which runs through July 28, uses contemporary and historic photographs from the Weeksville archives to explore the history of the community as a “just society.”
The companion exhibit,’Forward Ever! Sacred Ground and Sovereign Space,’ which is on display until June 23, builds on that historic exploration with a showcase of the works of nine contemporary artists of color whose work delves into issues of social engagement, activism and race.
All events take place at the Weeksville Heritage Center at 158 Buffalo Avenue in Crown Heights from June 19 to June 23. For more information on the events and exhibitions, click here.
- Set Back the Clock With a Visit to the Historic Interiors of Weeksville (Photos)
- Black Folks in 19th Century Brooklyn
- The Tale of a Pioneering African-American Father and Son: Rufus L. Perry Sr. and Jr.