June 19, 2014
Friday, June 20, is the start of the 14th Annual Juneteenth Celebration hosted by Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Juneteenth dates back to 1865 and celebrates the end of slavery.
This weekend’s events at PVCC will include live music, trivia on African-American history and presentations.
Organizers say the event is aimed at understanding and celebrating how people survived slavery.
"I think, in general, the experience of slavery is obviously a negative. But the way we focus on it is positive in that we focus on the way people lived their lives under those circumstances: How they thrived and survived, and in that way it's positive it's a learning experience," says Tamara Turner, organizer of Juneteenth.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, with a Tribute to the Ancestors at the front of the V. Earl Dickinson Building. There will then be a Black Heritage Brain quest, followed by a spoken-word tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and reception.
There will be additional activities around the Dickinson Building on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. including:
- A storytelling and community art project presented by Page Hill
- Community activist and artist
- A presentation of “The Racial and Ethnic History of Charlottesville,” by Charles Green
- Local history exhibits by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
All Juneteenth events are free and open to the public.