June 19 events planned in Pottstown and Phoenixville

Events in two area communities will mark the celebration of the country’s newest holiday – Juneteenth.

June 19 celebrates the day (June 19, 1865) when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas over 155 years ago to inform slaves that slavery had been abolished. Last year, Congress voted overwhelmingly to make it a national holiday.

Pottsgrove Manor invites the public to a Juneteenth Book Club and lecture on Saturday, June 18, to honor the history of the black experience in America.

At 10 a.m., Robert Hewitt, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of the University of Shippensburg, will present on the subject of the history of moonlighting in Edward E. Baptist’s book, “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of America,” then share a guided discussion about the book with other readers.

Registration is required for the book club. After the book club, all members of the public are invited to Dr. Hewitt’s lecture on the importance of integrating black history into our common narrative. This conference, entitled “Together in history”, will begin at 1 p.m. Deepen your understanding of the past and how the work of exploited people is part of our shared historical narrative. No registration is required to attend the conference.

And on Sunday, June 19, Phoenixville will hold a June 19th celebration downtownfrom 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the 200 block of Bridge Street.

Diversity In Action with Black Light Projects, Communities That Care, and Orion Communities have organized a special collection of activities to engage the community and shine a light on the importance of African American history in the United States and in the community.

The event will commemorate this important date with historical re-enactments, music, art, dance, drummers, street theatre, magic, soul food and storytelling.

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