Juneteenth – also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day and Emancipation Day – commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
A blend of the words June and nineteenth, it marks June 19, 1865: the day that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and issued General Order No. 3, proclaiming that the enslaved African Americans there were free.
“We honor the African traders who interacted with the Indigenous tribal nations long before European settlers landed on these shores.”
In order to incorporate the trading of goods between the Indigenous People and African traders
Making Corn Husk Dolls and Newspaper Dolls with a Trading Post
The idea would be you make one you take one and there is a lesson in reciprocity and trading. Children can make a doll and leave it for another child, after completing, they may choose a doll that is made to take with them.
“By the beginning of the nineteenth century, Europeans and Africans living in America joined with Native Americans, creating plant-based therapies to care for the body. The Shakers, at Canterbury and other villages, not only adopted some of these therapies but also refined and sold their own remedies.”
In order to honor the plant-based therapies and healing, this activity introduces plants and herbs to children and many different uses. Making paint brushes, painting with them either free painting or painting a printable picture.
“Traditionally the drum was the heartbeat and soul of African communities, thus holding deep historic and symbolic significance. The drums herald political and social events and ceremonies of birth, death, and marriage. They spark courtships, home-coming and going, and accompany religious rites and rituals that call up ancestral spirits while creating an atmosphere that promotes healing and social resilience.”
In honoring the tradition and significance of the drum, crafting small hand drums for the kids to play along with drum circles and to take home and create. Drums will be constructed with biodegradable containers and balloons and decorated how each child sees fit.
9:00-11:00 - Set up (any time during that time.)
12:00pm - Doors Open
12:30 - Welcome - BHTNH
12:45 - 1:30 PM - Drum making with Racial Unity Team
1:30 - 2:00 PM - Drum circle with PMAC
2:00 - 3:00 PM - Various ongoing art projects
3:00 - 3:30 PM - Drum making with Racial Unity Team
3:30 - 4:00 PM - Drum circle with PMAC
4:00 - 5:00 PM - various ongoing art projects
5:00 - 6:00 PM - clean up and turn around tent to VIP area.
Strawbery Banke Museum,14 Hancock Street Portsmouth NH 0380. This is a vibrant 10-acre campus dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history to life through dozens of historic buildings on their original sites, heirloom gardens, hands-on traditional crafts, and engaging costumed role players sharing the experiences of those who lived and worked in the waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock.
Juneteenth is hosted by the Black Heritage Trail NH. BHTNH offers a weeklong Juneteenth celebration to honor these early African settlers and their descendants for their extraordinary contributions to the growth of this region. We honor the African traders who interacted with the Indigenous tribal nations long before European settlers landed on these shores. We honor the Africans who survived the Middle Passage and the successive generations of the African diaspora who continue to contribute to the development, wealth, and well-being of New England.
The children's program will be hosted under a 20x40 tent. Which means rain or shine the show will go on. We also have student volunteers from three different communities on site helping with the program. They include Exeter High School, Dover High School and possibly Oyster River High School.
If you wish to be part of the program in some capacity your services can be put to use managing the Racial Unity Team display table answering questions or handing our information or come over to meet the team and find out what happening in the organization.