Juneteenth 2023 ✊🏿
Monday, June 19
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Join us at Please Touch Museum in celebration of liberation and innovation. Enjoy Museum programming celebrating the Black experience, including special performances, activities, and workshops on Monday, June 19.
Featured Juneteenth Programming
Join us for celebratory art workshops, storytimes, music, activities, and performances.
Traditions of Juneteenth with Storyteller Thembi Palmer
Learn about the history of Juneteenth in this interactive storytime with performer Thembi Palmer.
Interactive Storytime with Queen Nur
Join storyteller Queen Nur for Juneteenth – The Nation’s Freedom Holiday That Began Upon Different Shores.
Hooray! It’s Juneteenth Day! with Gail Ramos
Enjoy storytime with author and teacher Gail Ramos, who will read her book Hooray! It’s Juneteenth Day! followed by an artmaking activity.
West Powelton Steppers
Join us in Hamilton Hall for a special performance by the West Powelton Steppers.
Chef Demo with Ken Swinton
Explore the history of the red velvet cake and hibiscus tea with Ken Swinton through an interactive demonstration.
End of the Day Parade
Follow the beat and stomp your feet as you march toward Hamilton Hall for our End of the Day Parade with The West Philadelphia Drumline.
Plus, join us for programming including:
- Learning about games that children in 1866 might have played by exploring games from the 1800s.
- Learning classic songs like This Land Is Your Land and Lift Every Voice, as well as some newer Juneteenth songs made just for kids, in this sing-a-long style drop-in activity!
- Celebrating influential Black musicians while building your own instrument to take home in our Makerspace Studio.
- Working with community muralist and illustrator Andre Chaney as we explore ideas of liberation and freedom in celebration of Juneteenth. Create your own stamps in response to the prompt, “What does freedom look like to you?” Then use your stamp to add your unique mark to a large, collaborative mural.
History of Juneteenth
- What is Juneteenth? (History Channel)
- What is Juneteenth? (PBS)
- So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth? (New York Times)
- Juneteenth through the lens of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Children’s Books About Juneteenth
- Opal Lee And What it Means To Be Free by Alice Faye Duncan
- Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom (Step Into Reading) by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
- Hooray! It’s Juneteenth Day! by Gail Ramos
- Resources for Adults