Donate Now

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Museum of History

In-Person Event; Friday, June 18, 1–4 p.m., with a special reading and book signing at 3 p.m.

Register here! This event is free to attend.

The North Carolina Museum of History has procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors. In order to adhere to social distancing policies, we need to limit the attendance at the author program to 200 people.

Emancipation Day celebrated freedom in parts of North Carolina beginning in 1862 before that same news reached Texas in 1865—known as Juneteenth (June 19, 1865). Juneteenth honors hope and freedom.

The North Carolina Museum of History invites you to observe this holiday by bringing friends and family to the museum for reflecting on the past and looking to the future.

Meet members of the Battery B Second Regiment, United States Colored Troops Light Artillery Civil War reenactors, as they reveal the legacy of these courageous soldiers. Visit museum exhibits, and enjoy an author reading and book signing by the 2021 Piedmont Laureate, Kelly Starling Lyons. The renowned children’s author will read her poignant story, Hope’s Gift, which commemorates the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation as seen by one little girl who dreams of freedom for herself and her people. A free activity guide based on the book is available for families.

Image: A community observes Emancipation Day, 1888, in Aiken, South Carolina. Courtesy State Archives of North Carolina.