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Juneteenth Celebration: Education as Liberation (In Person)

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Commemorate this significant moment in our history with a FREE day at the Lewis Museum focused on “Education as Liberation.” Barbecue lovers can learn about grilling and its significance in Black communities as a Juneteenth tradition with Damian Mosley from Black Sauce Kitchen. Enjoy samples of smoked barbecue biscuit sandwiches and smoked string beans with strawberry lemonade. Sculptor Oletha DeVane will talk with Dr. John Wood about her installation, Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed, and its connection to the history of the McDonogh Schools’ relationship with enslaved people. There will also be make-and-take activities for youngsters and the young at heart.  

Plus, don’t miss the Men of Change: Power.Triumph. Truth. Exhibition where you can learn about Black men as iconic changemakers. Men of Change was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and made possible through the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund.

Schedule of Events:

  • 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm – Juneteenth Make and Take Art Activity
  • 1 pm – BBQ and Black Culture with Chef Damian Mosley
  • 1:45 pm – BBQ Food Tasting
  • 3 pm – Memorial to Those Enslaved and Freed Artist Talk with Oletha Devane and Dr. John Wood

Free museum admission is made possible through to the generous support of the Ford Motor Company Fund. 

Let us know you are coming.


June 20
11:00 am - 4:00 pm