The African American Museum of Iowa is located in the New Bohemia Cultural District of Cedar Rapids, IA. It houses two exhibits, a beautiful rental hall, and the Nikee Museum Gift Shop.
55 12th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Date: Friday, June 16 2017 to Saturday, June 17 2017
“African American Museum of Iowa Hosts Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom”
(CEDAR RAPIDS, IA) – The African American Museum of Iowa will hold its annual Juneteenth celebration June 16 at the African American Museum of Iowa and June 17 at Viola Gibson Park as part of Cedar Rapids Museum Week 2017.
The public is invited to a two-day celebration beginning with free admission and extended evening hours from 4:00pm-6:30pm on Friday, June 16 at the African American Museum of Iowa.
Friday, June 16 from 6:30pm-8:00pm the museum will host a free screening of the Netflix original documentary “13th.” In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Viewer discretion is advised for audiences younger than 15 years old. Karl Cassell, President/CEO, Horizons A Family Service Alliance, will host a discussion following the screening. Light refreshments will be provided.
“13th” is presented in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission.
Saturday, June 17 from 11:00am-4:00pm enjoy a celebration of freedom at Viola Gibson Park. Stage entertainment will feature musician Kevin Burt, magician Zack Percell, spoken word artist Micah Ariel James, a special dance performance by the Oakhill Jackson Praise Dancers, and many more talented artists. Children’s activities include face painting with Princess Pride, balloon art with TJ the Clown, crafts, and more.
There will be a health station including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Area Substance Abuse Council, Eastern Iowa Health Center, AARP, and more. Many local community organizations will share information about their programming and services.
Food vendors will include BBQ, fried fish, and baked goods.
Juneteenth is hosted by the African American Museum of Iowa with Presenting Sponsor International Paper.
Juneteenth celebrates the official end of slavery in the US, nearly two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America. After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, owners in many isolated areas kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Confederate Galveston, Texas. Since that day, Juneteenth has been celebrated to honor the African Americans who helped build this nation.
For more information on this or other programs, please visit the AAMI website at www.blackiowa.org or call 319-862-2101. The AAMI is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is located at 55 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.