On June 18th, Booker T. Washington National Monument will commemorate the anniversary of the 1865 emancipation of Booker T. Washington and the nearly four million people released from the bondage of slavery at the end of the Civil War. The community event will involve living history portrayals of local events that occurred in the Hales Ford, Virginia area just prior to Washington taking his first breath of freedom in the summer of 1865 when a Union officer read the Emancipation Proclamation on the front veranda of the 'Big House'. The special event will feature gospel performances by nationally-known and local artists, tours, and a children's village with a petting zoo and pony rides, and an experiential reenactment of the moment of emancipation as Washington remembered it in his autobiography, Up From Slavery.
The event is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be selling a variety of foods, drinks, and desserts. Juneteenth has been conducted as a special event at Booker T. Washington National Monument for over a decade.