Join our LIVE Junteenth book talks and enjoy videos of past Juneteenth performers!

Live Book Talk with Drew Lanham

Dr. Drew Lanham will be giving a live book talk on June 18, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom. He will be discussing his memoir, The Home Place, and first book of poems, Sparrow Envy.  Dr. Lanham will reflect on his life as a rural southern black man in love with wildness.  He’ll also broach how nature’s recovery from the sordid history of enslavement has lessons to teach that may be applicable to today’s struggles with identity and inequity. Register here.

From the Archives Exhibit

From the Archives is a multimedia display in the front window of The Arts Center in Orange (129 E Main Street, Orange, VA map) featuring news articles drawn from the archives of the OCAAHS, and an excerpt from “Discovering Little Petersburg,” a documentary about the history of the freed slave community outside the Town of Orange.

Baile African Drum Works

The mission of Baile African Drum Works is to provide community access to traditional African arts. They specialize in the making and playing of traditional African musical Instruments. Baile begins each Juneteenth with a traditional Libation Ceremony at the Enslave Cemetery.


Dena Jennings

Executive Director of Imani Works, Dr. Jennings is a physician, Master Naturalist, musician, and lecturer. She is an expert gourd banjo builder. At Juneteenth, Dr. Jennings performs musical numbers and leads the local Boys & Girls Club in educational musical performances.

Live Book Talk with Bettye Kearse

Dr. Bettye Kearse will be giving a live book talk on June 25, 2020 at 7 PM via Zoom. She will be discussing her book, The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. The book is an intimate work of narrative nonfiction that discovers, discloses, and embraces a more inclusive and complete American story. Dr. Kearse is an essayist and retired pediatrician. Register here.

Live Virtual Tour

Join Dr. Matt Reeves, Montpelier’s Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, on June 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm for a virtual exploration of the sites of emancipation at Montpelier! Register here.

Darrell Rose

Percussionist and painter, Darrell Rose is renowned for teaching many thousands of children over a long career. As a drummer, he is an Artist in Residence for the Virginia Commission for the Arts and performs in many rock, jazz, African, Latin, and reggae genres.

Adwela & the Uprising

Adwela & the Uprising is a seven-piece award-winning roots reggae band based out of Virginia. Drawing local fans to Juneteenth, Adwela & the Uprising tours nationally performing music with soul-stirring lyrics that adhere to the artists’ principle of “message over popularity.”

Leni Sorensen

Dr. Leni Sorensen is a culinary historian and teacher of home provisioning and rural life skills. The dynamic owner of Indigo House (a farm where she raises animals and cultivates produce to serve at her chef’s table dinners and for cooking lessons), Dr. Sorensen is a PhD and expert in 18th- and 19th-century cooking methods used by Virginia housewives and slaves.

Odyssey of Soul

Odyssey of Soul is a group that performs “lecture concerts” focusing on African American music and culture. A crowd favorite at Juneteenth, Odyssey of Soul always delivers a dynamic performance.

Shady Grove Baptist Church Men’s Choir

Established in 1872, the Shady Grove Baptist Church is a cornerstone of the African American community in Orange. The Shady Grove Men’s Choir performs as part of the church’s music ministry, spreading the word of God through song. Each Juneteenth the Men’s Choir closes the celebration with their powerful renditions of classic gospel songs.

Hortense Hinton-Jackson

Dr. Hinton-Jackson serves as the emcee of the Juneteenth Celebration. She also performs as a soloist, leading the crowd in “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Dr. Hinton-Jackson is the Executive Consultant for Women in Worship Ministries and is a trustee, speaker, soloist, choir director, and worship leader at her home church.

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