2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Jamestown Settlement

Commemorate Juneteenth – an American celebration that marks the end of slavery in the United States.
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Juneteenth will feature performances by Atumpan Dance Theatre, Teens With a Purpose and more.

Although Juneteenth springs from events that happened in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, the event celebrates liberation from a system of slavery with origins in Jamestown, Va., as the place where the first recorded Africans in 1619 were brought after landing at Old Point Comfort and where the first slave laws enacted in the mid-17th century impacted the lives and status of Africans and their descendants.

Celebrate Juneteenth a day early at Jamestown Settlement with music, dance, spoken word performances and dramatic presentations. Atumpan Dance Theatre opens the event with a drum call and traditional African libation ceremony.

A variety of performers take the stage of the Robins Foundation Theater during this 90-minute program to interpret the theme “what freedom means” through song, dance, music, spoken word and dramatic readings.

Juneteenth programs will feature poets and spoken-word artists from Teens With a Purpose-The Youth Movement, including Virginia’s rising youth poet laureates Enjoy performances by singers Rico Robinson and Sylvia Tabb Lee, violinist Odysseus and dramatic readings by James Cameron. Program included with general museum admission.

About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located on Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg. Living-history areas are open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Gift shop and café open during museum hours. Parking is free. Museum operations have been adapted for everyone’s health and safety with protective protocols. Admission tickets can be purchased online on the eStore or in person, following safety protocols.

Jamestown Settlement admission is $18.00 for adults and $9.00 for ages 6-12. A combination ticket with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is $28.90 for adults and $14.45 for ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Jamestown Settlement is administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.