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2015 Juneteenth in Cleveland

2015 Juneteenth Event
East 79th and Central in Cleveland
June 20, 2015

The African-American Cultural Garden in Cleveland opened their new office on Central at East 79th by hosting a celebration of Juneteenth.

Banner for Juenteenth by African-American Cultural Garden


Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Just because President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863 not all slaves were immediately freed. Juneteenth celebrates the date when the last slaves in Texas were free.

Dr. Eugene Jordan told the history of Juneteenth, of Jubilee Day, and why it is so important. He also told of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry of the Union Army, one of the first official African-American units in the United States during the Civil War.

Dr. Eugene Jordan

Dr. Eugene Jordan



Opera singer William Clarence Marshall sang American Negro spirituals (Let me people go) at the Juneteenth event.

William Clarence Marshall

William Clarence Marshall



Mr. Marshall ended his performance with the spiritual Steal Away ("Steal Away to Jesus").

William Clarence Marshall

William Clarence Marshall



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The event also included food, music, resources and camaraderie.

Dancing the Electric Slide

Dancing in the street

Dancing the Electric Slide

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation President Sheila Murphy-Crawford with African-American Cultural Garden leaders inculding President Carl Ewing

Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation President Sheila Murphy-Crawford with African-American Cultural Garden leaders including President Carl Ewing

Juneteenth in Cleveland

Juneteenth in Cleveland

Juneteenth in Cleveland

Juneteenth in Cleveland


One of the highlights of the celebration was when Karamu Arts Theater actor Stephen D. Hood performed an in-character dramatization of Dr. George Washington Carver. In this video sample, Mr. Hood, as Dr. Carver, told of his excitement of learning there was a Colored School where slaves like him might be able to learn reading, writing and more.

Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver



Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver

Stephen D. Hood as Dr. George Washington Carver


Mr. Hood's full presentation is about 45 minutes and is geared toward students and other groups. He was terrific.

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