Chatham Community Library to host Juneteenth celebration on June 23

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham Community Library will host a free Juneteenth Observance of Human Rights in concert with Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE) on Saturday, June 23 beginning at 11 am. The purpose of the event is to foster a sense of unity among Chatham County residents concerning slavery and the historic efforts required to abolish it. It will also highlight the evolution of Juneteenth as an international symbol that calls for an end to modern-day slavery in all forms.

pittsboro juneteenthDr. Charles D. Johnson, Associate Professor and Director of Public History at North Carolina Central University, will speak at 12 pm.  He will address reasons why the institution of slavery in the United States did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation.  Dr. James Crawford, Chatham County Commissioner for District 4, will also speak.  His discussion, scheduled for 1:15 pm, will center on Reconstruction violence in Chatham County and in the larger context.

In addition to speakers, resolutions from the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the Town of Pittsboro and Siler City will be presented.  The event will include musical selections by the Dowdy Boys and the Liberty Chapel Church Choir, poetry, and interactive tales from the African diaspora by Two Bells Storytellers.

Finger foods and beverages will be available throughout the celebration.

Funding for this event is made possible in part by the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.

For more information on the celebration, please contact the Chatham Community Library at (919) 545-8084.