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Emancipation Day + Historic Baseball

illustration of emancipation proclamation with broken chains and flying birds


Saturday, June 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Explore the meaning and legacy of emancipation

June 8 • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

All presentations and activities included with General Admission

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. Why did some enslaved Americans not hear news of their freedom for more than two years? What was the impact—and what were the limitations—of the Emancipation Proclamation?


  • Sweet potato pie social, 12:30 p.m.
  • Performance by Pyramid Theatre Company featuring Langston Hughes Players and keynote speaker Deidre DeJear, 1 p.m.
  • Concert by Sparks McCamey Gospel, 2 p.m.
  • Procession honoring the roots of Juneteenth, 2:45 p.m.
  • Historic baseball game, 3 p.m.
girl playing baseball
In honor of Emancipation Day, our visiting team represents the Buxton Wonders. Buxton was a coal mining town in Monroe County, Iowa, in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Highly unusual for the time, the town was racially integrated, and so was its baseball team.

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