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On the evening of June 20, join the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for Juneteenth—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. In partnership with the Transformative Culture Project, the night includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art and engaging activities featuring artists from Boston’s local creative community.
Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when news of the end of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation’s declaration “that all persons held as slaves are, and henceforward shall be free” reached Galveston, Texas—nearly two-and-a-half years after Lincoln issued the proclamation. Today, this holiday is observed around the country with celebrations including parades, cook-outs, performances, community engagement, and more.
• Catch a screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” on the Huntington Avenue lawn beginning at 8:30 pm with lawn games and live entertainment preceding the screening—including DJ TROY Frost and an artist-led workshop with Chanel Thervil. “Black Panther” kicks off this year’s Roxbury International Film Festival—the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color—and the MFA’s Sunset Cinema film series.
• Visit the galleries on a tour highlighting African American artists, whose works are on view in the Museum, and hear from Chanel Thervilduring her Artist Talk at 5:30 pm as she discusses representations of blackness, the relationships between figures and abstractions, and the techniques used in her work.
• How can intersectionality lead to liberation? Join Boston-area thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials and artists for a City Talks discussion tackling this question and commemorating the MFA’s Juneteenth event. Moderated by Trina Jackson, activist and facilitator. Panelists include Cagen Luse, artist and entrepreneur, with additional panelists announced soon.
Juneteenth is supported by the John E. & Sue M. Jackson Charitable Trust.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.