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Emancipation Day: A Juneteenth Event

engraving of emancipation proclamation

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Date:
Saturday, June 11
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gain a better understanding of the legacy and hope of emancipation and explore the Black experience in Iowa’s history from early farmsteads through the 20th-century fight for civil rights. Expert presenters include Dr. Valerie Grim (Indiana University) on the hope Iowa offered and the reality it presented in the years following emancipation, author David Connon on the Underground Railroad in Iowa, Judge Odell McGhee on the National Bar Association (begun in Des Moines when Black attorneys were barred from the American Bar Association), and retired Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit on Iowa’s landmark anti-slavery decision “In the Matter of Ralph.” We will also present dramatic performances by the Langston Hughes Players and music by the Corinthian Baptist Church Praise Team. Our historic sites will offer hands-on activities tied to the day’s theme. A traveling exhibit from Iowa State University, “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All,” will be on display. The day will open with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and close with a pie and ice cream social, giving guests a chance to meet the presenters. All activities included with General Admission.


Schedule

Note: Times and locations are subject to change.

9 a.m.

  • Museum opens for general touring

9:30 a.m.

  • A reading of the Emancipation Proclamation
    The Honorable Odell McGhee
    Visitor Center patio

10 a.m.

  • “Iowa—A place of Hope: The Rural Agrarian Experience for Black People in Iowa During Emancipation & Settlement … Real & Imagined”
    Dr. Valerie Grim, Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and Director of Undergraduate Studies in AAADS at Indiana University Bloomington
    Church of the Land

10 a.m.–1 p.m.

  • Voting
    Law Office

11 a.m.

  • Corinthian Baptist Church Praise Team
    Church of the Land

11:30 a.m.

  • Langston Hughes Players
    Church of the Land

Noon

  • Corinthian Baptist Church Praise Team
    Church of the Land

12:30 p.m.

  • Langston Hughes Players
    Church of the Land
  • Mayoral candidate debate
    Flynn Mansion lawn

1 p.m.

  • “A Monumental Journey”—Oral presentation & movie viewing
    The Honorable Odell McGhee
    Visitor Center Celebration Room

1:30 p.m.

  • Suffrage debate
    Flynn Mansion side porch

2 p.m.

  • “To Go Free: In re the Matter of Ralph”
    The Honorable Michael Streit
    Visitor Center Celebration Room

3 p.m.

  • “The Underground Railroad”
    David Connon
    Visitor Center Celebration Room

4 p.m.

  • Pie Social with Chellie’s Sugar Shack Bakery
    Visitor Center Great Hall

4:30 p.m.

  • Event concludes

Ongoing throughout the day

  • Iowa Genealogy Society & African American Interest Group & Roots to Branches Genealogy
    Ricki King
    Visitor Center Great Hall
  • “Toward a Universal Suffrage: African American Women in Iowa and the Vote for All”
    Visitor Center MarketPlace Gallery

Morning only

  • Food demonstrations
    1900 Farm & 1850 Farm

Presenting Sponsors
EMC logo     Iowa Arts Council logo    National Endowment for the Arts logo

Endorsing Sponsor

Lincoln Inne of Court


Contributing Sponsor

Corinthian Baptist Church Praise Team

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