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Juneteenth: Celebrating the End of Slavery

Tomorrow, Juneteenth, has just been declared a national holiday, and is being marked by a number of events across the nation, some virtual, others in person. In the nation’s capital, events range from all-day Smithsonian educational programming, in-person and online, to an outdoor orchestra performance to celebrating Black fathers, to name a few. For information about these events and more: dcist Juneteenth events. In New York, a three-day virtual JuneteenthNY summit explores the theme “Rebirthing the Roots of Entrepreneurial Excellence.” The event offers workshops on such topics as health and wellness and aspiring youth entrepreneurs as well as entertainment. For more information: JuneteenthNY.

In commemorating Juneteenth, you can also virtually accompany storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston “as she honors and celebrates the strength, resilience, and contributions of the African American community through the lens of horticulture and the power of story.” Through “Voices in the Landscape,” Alston explores Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, via a series of ten stops. An accessible exhibition guide includes information for people with vision and/or hearing loss. Check it out: here.