The Peale and the Griots’ Circle of Maryland present a Juneteenth virtual storytelling event featuring African American storytellers. The celebration will unite all people in the spirit of activism inspired by the recent human rights protests. The stories of freedom will bring to life heroes from the past and others will highlight the present passion for social justice.
Juneteenth is the annual observance also known as Emancipation Day. It recognizes freedom finally arriving for enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers enforced the law by publicly reading General Order number 3 which freed all remaining enslaved people. Throughout Texas, African Americans observe the June 19 holiday with parades, cook outs, speeches and dancing. Now, Juneteenth is celebrated worldwide.
Griots’ Circle of Maryland
African griots (pronounced “gree-oh”) are the historians and storytellers for their community. This oral tradition inspired Maryland’s griot, Mary Carter Smith, to establish the Griots’ Circle of Maryland in 1989. The mission of the Griots’ Circle is to promote Afrocentric storytelling, folklore and history. The members are dedicated to researching, sharing and perpetuating the storytelling traditions of the African diaspora. For more information about the Juneteenth program and the Griots’ Circle storytelling association https://www.griotscircleofmarylandinc.org/eventsLearn More