June 20 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
On June 20, 2022, we will commemorate and explore the history, resilience, and culture of Black people in America. We encourage visitors to consider the historical and present-day significance of Juneteenth through interactions with guest speakers and performers as well as Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed educators. Engage in discussions and ask yourself “what can I do to further educate myself?” about the past and how it informs the present day. We will also welcome several special guests!
Exploring the Words of Frederick Douglas
Inspired by the HBO Max film Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches, students from Old Sturbridge Academy and area high schools will share abbreviated readings of select speeches by Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery in 1817 in Maryland, Douglass escaped from slavery in 1838 and became a well-known orator and writer as well as a leading abolitionist in Massachusetts and New York. After hearing his words, guests are invited to engage in discussions about the context and significance of these speeches.
This portion of Juneteenth programming is brought to you by a Reading Frederick Douglass Together grant from Mass Humanities.
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