Sumner Hall is inviting the whole community to celebrate Juneteenth – “Under the Tent” – across the street from Sumner Hall on South Queen Street.
This day of Tribute, Entertainment and Fun for All Ages begins at 10:30 AM with a short Welcoming Ceremony followed by a parade from Sumner Hall to Memorial Park where members of the Buffalo Soldiers Cavalry Scouts MC Troop 1 (Delaware) will lay a wreath to honor fallen heroes.
The afternoon’s program, that runs from 12:30 pm- 6:00 pm, features live jazz and Gospel music interspersed with inspirational talks and poetry readings. Scheduled musical performances include The Bratcher Project, the Blues-Keepers Band, The New Gospelites, Andre Sisco and The Pilgrim Travellers. Professor Clara Small, historian and author of the Compass Points books, will share biographical stories of prominent African Americans from the Eastern Shore. Robert Earl Price, Artistic Director of Sumner Hall, will offer a poetry reading and Cameron McCoy, a young orator, will also address the group.
Also available: food and merchandise vendors, a Kids Corner, raffle drawings and exhibits at Sumner Hall.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. First observed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1866, it became more widely celebrated as African Americans migrated across the county. Today, 41 states and territories, including Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, recognize Juneteenth as a State Holiday.
Members of the Buffalo Soldiers Cavalry Scouts (Motor Cycle Troup #1, Delaware) are once again participating in Chestertown’s celebration. They will lead a short tribute to fallen heroes and place a wreath to honor them at Memorial Park.
“We hope that everyone will join in the celebration of this day!” said Nina Johnson, President of the Board of Directors of Sumner Hall. “Come by anytime to hear a favorite performer, enjoy some wonderful food and relax with family and friends.”
For more information, please call 443 282 0023 or visit our website www.garpost25.org.