Spady Museum Celebrates American and Florida History at Sixth Annual Juneteenth

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The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum celebrated a momentous date in American history on June 19, 2015 during its Sixth Annual Juneteenth event. The festival-style, family event featured live music, barbeque by Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, interactive art sessions with local artist Sharon Koskoff and historical reenactments. Juneteenth was held at the Spady Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Juneteenth originated as a celebration of the ending of slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and 1,800 troops of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved persons were free. Even though President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had gone into effect on January 1, 1863, freeing all enslaved persons in those states in rebellion against the United States, for various reasons, the decree had not yet taken effect in Texas. Other summer programs the Spady Museum include: Summer Camp Empowers Young People This summer, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is excited to bring back its Youth Cultural Empowerment Camp for area children, ages 8-13. Funded in part by support from the Lattner Family Foundation Inc. and Office Depot Foundation, the camp will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., July 7 through August 13, at the museum, and will feature activities such as field trips, history workshops and seminars in photography, theater, yoga and live performance. It will culminate in an exhibit installation and opening of the youth’s work and a performance that will be open to the community. “We will help youth connect to local history and determine how it directly impacts their daily lives,” said Museum Director Charlene Farrington-Jones. “Instructors will also help youth express their interpretation of history with creative works of art.” To register for the camp, call 561-279-8883. The registration fee is $50 per camper. Funk-Sway Saturday, July 18 • 7:30-10pm • $10 In collaboration with Smooth Bounce Entertainment, FUNK-SWAY is a mini-music fest, featuring DJ Samore and Private Label, a live band that delivers dynamic R&B, jazz and Latin sounds that get audiences dancing. Food will be provided by Heart & Soul Kitchen for an additional cost. Phone: 561-279-8883 Website: www.spadymuseum.com Delray Speaks: Ice Cream, Popcorn, Lemonade, Movie: “Tuskegee Airmen” Wednesday, July 22 • 7-8pm • $5 Delray Speaks is a community forum intended to encourage open dialogue about relevant topics affecting residents and visitors of South Florida. The forum is hosted by the Spady Museum and facilitated by Delray Beach residents. Topics are selected at random by forum participants and organizers. All opinions expressed are acknowledged and respected and belong solely to their owners and do not necessarily reflect those of the Spady Museum, the facilitator or the forum organizers. These forums are open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Ride and Remember Trolley Tour Saturday, August 8 • 10am – Noon • $20 When you board the “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour, the history of Delray Beach comes alive! Illustrated with colorful stories of the personalities and happenings that influenced the growth of the city, the tour does more than relay facts – it draws the riders back in time. Climb aboard The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum’s popular, monthly “Ride & Remember” Trolley Tour and enjoy the interactive, personalized stories of Delray Beach’s interesting origins and development. For info visit www.spadymuseum.org.