Hannibal Free Public Library celebrates Juneteenth on June 19th this year with a program co-sponsored with Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center. This year marks Hannibal’s 21st Juneteenth celebration.

The program will be offered free of charge at the Library on Tuesday, June 19th, at 6:00 p.m. “Jubilee Day Our Music/Our Roots” is an educational and entertaining program by St. Louis storyteller, actress and musician, Wendy Gordon. It traces the history of one of the most inspiring forms of American music, the Negro Spiritual. This predecessor of gospel music draws on African chants, work songs, and field songs as it traces generations of music from slavery through the civil rights movement up to today. This is “edutainment” and promises to be very entertaining, highly energetic, family friendly, and educational. The program will be a musical journey teaching you how these sacred traditions influenced our community and our Country.

Two and a half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation , on June 19, 1865, the end of the Civil War was announced in Galveston Texas. Union soldiers read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. This day of mass emancipation has become known as Juneteenth.

Families, children, and people of all ages are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. More information about Wendy Gordon may be found at http://www.wendylgordon.com/ For more information, please call the Library at 573-221-0222 or visit at 200 South Fifth Street in Hannibal.

Additional Juneteenth activities are planned. Please contact Faye Dant at Jim’s Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, 509 N 3rd St, Hannibal, MO 63401, http://www.jimsjourney.org/, 217-617-1507, or fayedant@gmail.com.