RICHMOND, Va. — Juneteenth is a freedom celebration dating back to 1865, when two hundred and fifty thousand African-Americans finally got the word that they were
free, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Here in Richmond the Elegba Folklore Society celebrates with the Juneteenth A Freedom Celebration June 19 – 22.
The Society collaborates with the Virginia Black Music Foundation and Baltimore’s Ile Ise Ejiogbe Ifa Temple for Thursday’s Concert featuring South African vocalist, Lira 7- 11pm at the Hippordrome Theater, 528 North 2nd Street . On Friday The Symposium features Dr. Umar Johnson as the keynote speaker at Pine Camp Arts Center, 4901 Old Brook , 6 -10pm. Saturday’s program “In Reflection” at the Manchester Dock, 1308 Brander Street, features African Dance and song, staged interpretations and the Annual Torch Lit Walk on the Trail of Enslaved Africans, starting at 8pm. Sunday’s Esu Festival happens at Richmond’s African Burial Ground from 1- 5pm.
For directions, tickets and more information visit the Elegba Folklore Society’s website at http://www.efsinc.org or call 804-644-3900.