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Celebrating Juneteenth on Nantucket

On Monday, June 19th, 2023, the Nantucket Cultural District, Nantucket Culture & Tourism  Department, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, Nantucket Historical Association, Nantucket Island  Chamber of Commerce, and the Museum of African American History will host a day of celebration in  honor of Juneteenth. For too long Juneteenth, the day that marks the second Independence Day in  American history, has been under-recognized. 

The Town’s Department of Culture & Tourism, through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural  Council, has been leading a collaboration of cultural institutions in honoring the traditions of  Juneteenth. Residents and Visitors are invited to join us across the island at any or all the following  events: 

11am-12pm – Guided Tour of the Historic Coloured Cemetery led by local Historian  Barbara White at 7 Vesper Lane. 

12:30-2:30pm – Juneteenth Community Gathering at the African Meeting House at  29 York Street. Come meet the new President and CEO of the Museum of African  American History and learn more about the significance of Juneteenth. 

3:00-5:00 – The Cookout which boasts family-friendly games, crafts for kids, music, a  performance by She and free food courtesy of Snick Snack at the Nobadeer Athletic  Fields at 7 Nobadeer Farm Road. 

Shantaw Bloise-Murphy, Director of Culture & Tourism, said, “it is a privilege to partner with these dedicated organizations to commemorate such an under-celebrated day in the lives of African  Americans on Nantucket. However, I want to stress that this is a celebration that welcomes all our  islanders, so I expect to see all my neighbors on the field cha-cha sliding and cupid shuffling at The  Cookout.” 

These events promise to be informative and engaging. As a community we have the opportunity to acknowledge the journey and achievements of African Americans.