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Juneteenth Celebration - Justice Delayed June 14-19

Saturday, June 19
Starts at 1:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

Juneteenth Celebration -  Justice Delayed June 14-19

This year, the BNBHP in partnership with the City of Bloomington, will present an entire week of programming beginning on Monday, June 14. In conjunction with the traditional annual celebration on June 19, which features performances by area youth, the program series will explore the theme “Juneteenth, justice delayed,” an opportunity to examine, and engage in meaningful public discussion on where we are today and asks the question, “where do we go from here?”


All Day Read “Juneteenth for Mazie” by Floyd Cooper (Picture Window Books, 2016) as you walk around the Museum Square in the latest StoryWalk® installation from the Bloomington Public Library! Enjoy it as part of a visit to the Farmers’ Market between 7:30-12:00, or later in the day on Saturday or Sunday. StoryWalks® have been installed in 50 states and 14 countries, including Germany, Canada, England, Bermuda, Russia, Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Korea! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and was developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Bloomington Public Library, the McLean County Museum of History, and the Bloomington-Normal Black History Project are pleased to offer this cooperative program.

10:30 & 11:00 a.m. Willie Holton Halbert will portray a variety of Living Statues, as follows: Caribell Washington, Robert Gaston, Lucinda Posey, and Merlin Kennedy. These performances will take place on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street during the weekly Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market.

10:45 a.m. BCAI Cultural Arts and Humanities’ Step Inn Performance Team will do their Juneteenth street performance on the north side of the Museum on Jefferson Street. This dance is a story of history, fight for rights, and the hope of glory soon to come. This dance was choreographed to stand up for our community. The songs they will be performing to are about having faith that one day we will have no judgement for our skin.

1:00 p.m.  Where do we go from here? -  A virtual panel discussion

2:30 p.m.  A Virtual Celebration

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The Bloomington-Normal Black History Project was founded in 1982 and its collections span the 19th and 20th centuries. The collection contains photographs, portraits, booklets, oral histories, articles, and photocopies related to club organizations and churches of the local Black community. In 1989, the Black History Project became affiliated with the McLean County Historical Society, which now serves as a repository for the project’s collections.