MTCC to celebrate Juneteenth with community celebration

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Join the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for its annual Juneteenth celebration on June 18.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as a celebration of African American emancipation has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

“As Arkansas’s African American history museum, it’s important for MTCC to share the complete narrative of the African American experience in the state,” Quantia Fletcher, MTCC assistant director, said. “It’s truly amazing to think that the descendants of enslaved people are now entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, educators, leaders and innovators in various fields. We think that’s worthy of celebration.”

To celebrate the holiday, MTCC will host a free street festival on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will include vendors, food trucks, live music, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, kids zone and more.

“We are proud to host one of the state’s largest Juneteenth celebrations,” Stacy Hurst, Department of Arkansas Heritage director, said. “This event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate African American heritage and culture.”

Attendees are also invited to view the Kinsey Collection, a unique exhibit showcasing the intersection of art and history. The Kinsey Collection includes historical documents and artifacts from Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alain Locke, Malcolm X and many more, as well as works of art by important African American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Norman Lewis and Artis Lane.

For more information, call MTCC at 501-683-3593 or visit MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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