Juneteenth LIVE!

Celebrate Juneteenth all Month at these Live Events

Live Virtual Panel Discussion with Annette Gordon-Reed, OCAAHS, & Montpelier

June 2, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom (Free).

In On Juneteenth, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed tells the  story of Juneteenth’s importance to American history. Joining Annette Gordon-Reed in conversation will be OCAAHS Board Member Rev. Halliard Brown, and Montpelier staff.  Sponsored by the National Archives. Watch here!

The Art of Storytelling Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2021 11AM-12:30PM in person & via YouTube (Free).

The Arts Center will be hosting a special story telling event in honor of Juneteenth with Dr. Dena Jennings and Michael Carter, Jr.  Dr. Jennings will share her family history (and her journey to connect with that history) through the song Camp Nelson Blues. Mr. Carter will share the stories of his family’s farm and the contributions of Africans and African Americans to agriculture. Register to to attend in person here or watch virtually here.

Live Virtual Book Talk with Glenda Armand

June 10, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom (Free).

Glenda Armand has been a teacher and school librarian for many years. She writes historical fiction and picture book biographies for children. Ms. Armand will be sharing her award winning book, Love Twelve Miles Long, which tells the story of Frederick Douglass boyhood and his mother’s journey to be with him. Watch here!

Open Exhibitions at Montpelier

June 19, 2021 9AM-3PM

In honor of Juneteenth, Montpelier will open its award-winning exhibition The Mere Distinction of Colour, the South Yard structures, the Gilmore Cabin, and 1910 Train Depot . This will also be the grand opening of Colour Through a Child’s Eyes exhibition. Free for Orange County Residents and Montpelier Descendants, property pass required for all other visitors.

Virtual Wreath Laying at Montpelier Enslaved Cemetery

June 19, 2021 via YouTube (Free).

Virtually join members OCAAHS as they honor the enslaved people of Montpelier in a private wreath laying ceremony. A recording of this private event will be posted here on June 19, 2021. Watch here!

Photo: Sharen Montgomery

Montpelier Enslaved Community Walking Tours

June 19, 2021 at 10AM, 12PM, and 2PM.

In celebration of Juneteenth, Montpelier will be offering three specialized tours about the enslaved community at Montpelier and their journey to freedom. Free for Orange County Residents and Montpelier Descendants, property pass required for all other visitors.

Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth Trailer

Live Virtual Viewing & Q&A of Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Sustaining Hope in Trying Times

June 24, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom (Free).

Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth is a documentary about Fluvanna County’s African American history. Regular Juneteenth performers Odyssey of Soul teamed up with the Fluvanna County Arts Council and NAACP to create a film that combines musical performances and interviews with community members and historians. Watch panel discussion here!

Live Virtual Concert with Calvin Earl

June 17, 2021 at 7PM via Zoom (Free)

Acclaimed musician and storyteller, Calvin Earl creates programs that connect the history of America’s musical heritage to its roots in African American Spirituals. Watch here!

“One of the things that makes this slender book stand out is Gordon-Reed’s ability to combine clarity with subtlety, elegantly carving a path between competing positions, instead of doing as too many of us do in this age of hepped-up social-media provocations by simply reacting to them. In “On Juneteenth” she leads by example, revisiting her own experiences, questioning her own assumptions — and showing that historical understanding is a process, not an end point.”


Jennifer Szalai, Review for The New York Times.

Let’s celebrate together!

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