Juneteenth Celebration

By The Providence Journal, June 14, 2024. Originally published by The Providence Journal, republished with permission.

Rhode Island Slave History Medallions (RISHM) invites the public to attend a free, family-friendly Juneteenth (Freedom Day) celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Eisenhower Park on historic Washington Square.

The program will feature speakers, historians, storytellers, live music and dance performances, youth activity booths, craft vendors, food trucks, plus an opportunity to take the first public “Newport Black History Walking Tours: Lost Stories of Resistance and Freedom” at 4 p.m.

This second annual Juneteenth program pays tribute to RI’s role in the founding of our nation by honoring the historic 1st RI “Black” Regiment and the many cultures representing America’s rich diversity featuring gospel music; colonial music by Bristol Fife & Drum Corps; traditional Indigenous dance performance by the award-winning Narragansett folk artist Thawn Harris and family; drum performance by master African artist Sidy Maiga with a hands-on Drum Circle; and storytelling by Valerie Tutson of the RI Black Storytellers; plus regional historic regiment demonstrations, and more.

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