Join us for a conversation between Opal Lee, the “grandmother of Juneteenth,” and Sedrick Huckaby, who painted her portrait. Lee is the retired teacher, counselor and activist who led the push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalist Huckaby portrays his friend in a life-sized oil painting. Sitting at her dining room table, she seems to welcome viewers to join her in conversation.

This event will take place in the National Portrait Gallery’s McEvoy Auditorium.

Free registration is encouraged.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. If you have questions about the accessibility of this program, or if you would like to request real-time captioning (CART), sign language interpretation, or any other accommodations, please contact [email protected]. Two weeks’ advance notice is appreciated for requesting accommodations.

Image Credit: Opal Lee (detail) by Sedrick Huckaby (born 1975). Oil on canvas, 2023. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Acquired through the generosity of Sasha and Edward P. Bass.

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