Juneteenth 2024

A celebration of togetherness through food and family.

Public Programs
Saturday, Jun 15 @ 10am - 4pm

Home Plate

Register now, to join the Juneteenth celebration at the Atlanta History Center, Saturday, June 15, 2024!

On June 19, 1865, Union troops in Galveston, Texas, announced the end of the Civil War and informed the enslaved people there of their freedom. This long-overdue message had been delayed by Texas enslavers who ignored the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Since then, this momentous day has been commemorated as Juneteenth, marking liberation and a new beginning for those enslaved in Texas. 

Signed into law as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden in 2021, today, Juneteenth serves as a holiday to reflect on our nation's history and commemorate emancipation. It is also a time to celebrate the impact of Black culture on American society at large. One significant way this influence is seen is through food with Southern food traditions, born from African American innovation, becoming central to American cuisine. 

This year's Juneteenth event celebrates Black culinary history and America's pastime, baseball. Through on-campus events, cooking demonstrations, museum theater, and exhibitions, including More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron and Barbecue Nation, we highlight Juneteenth's legacy and underscore the joyous union of family, food, and community. 

Bring your water bottles, blankets, lawn chairs, and anything else your family needs to be comfortable on the lawn as you join us to celebrate Juneteenth. 

Details

This event is suitable for people of all ages. Pre-registration is optional but highly recommended to expedite the check-in process. In the event of inclement weather, our entire Juneteenth program will take place indoors.

Although this is a free public program, donations are greatly appreciated and can be made via the registration link above. Your donation will help offset the cost of this event and help fund future Juneteenth programs. We thank you for your support!

This program is part of Atlanta History Center’s celebration of the Civic Season, a nationwide initiative encouraging historically-informed civic participation through a two-week activation between Juneteenth and July 4th.

Transportation

Download The Buc app for free rides to and from the Buckhead and Lenox MARTA stations. Wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available upon request.

Accessibility

Atlanta History Center Buckhead campus is ADA-Compliant.

Fruits of Our Labor with Nicole Taylor

Join us for an interactive tasting inspired by “Watermelon & Red Birds Cookbook: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebration” by James Beard Award nominee Nicole A. Taylor.

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Juneteenth Bird Walk

For Juneteenth, our partners at Birds Georgia is leading a bird walk through the Atlanta History Center's 33-acre birding hotspot. Join members of Birds Georgia for a special walk through Goizueta Gardens.

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Plan Your Day

ActivityDescriptionTimeLocation
Timed Activities

Note: Refer to Upper and Lower Swan Lawn for additional
timed activities
Freedom Flavors: Aleck’s Legacy Museum TheaterSet against the backdrop of the iconic Aleck’s Barbecue Heaven in Atlanta, Freedom Flavors: Aleck’s Legacy is a museum-theater experience that transports audiences to a time when barbecue served as a beacon of freedom and community.10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pmGatheround Exhibit
Folktales and Interactive Storytelling with Mama KokuAll ages are encouraged to indulge their imaginations and nurture their spirits as Mama Koku brings to life African and African American folktales through captivating performances.11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pmMuseum Terraces
Gardens TourJoin Atlanta History Center’s Urban Agriculturalist for a tour of the Enslaved People’s Garden. Learn about garden design, the history of the crops that made up the foodways of enslaved communities, and how these gardens were used as a form of resistance.11am, 12pm, 1pmSmith Farm
Fruits of Our Labor
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Note: This is an outdoor experience and pre-paid, ticketed event
James Beard Award-nominated food writer, home chef, and producer, Nicole Taylor, will provide a pre-paid interactive tasting inspired by her cookbook, Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebration, through meals and drinks that carry the patina of endurance.11am–12pm & 1–2pmSwan House Boxwood Gardens
Archives Open HouseBe inspired by America's favorite pastime, African American food culture and gardening traditions, and the Veterans History Project through guided explorations led by Kenan Research Center. Hear veteran voices, see rare photographs of Negro League baseball in Atlanta, browse historic and new cookbooks, and an array of gardening volumes, from foraging and flowers to landscape design and vegetables to highlight Georgia’s historical legacies.11am, 12pm, 1pmKenan Research Center (McElreath Hall)
Medicine in the GardenJoin Atlanta History Center’s Certified Herbalist and Senior Horticulturist to learn about the rich cultural history of African American herbal medicine, modern uses of cultivated and foraged herbs, and watch demonstrations of herbal tea preparations including peppermint, lemon balm, and others.1pm, 2pm, 3pmWood Cabin
Ongoing Activities

Note: Refer to Upper and Lower Swan Lawn for additional
ongoing activities
Juneteenth Introduction Video Ground yourself in the day’s celebrations as you discover the journey of the Black diaspora through the lens of food and family.10am–2pmKennedy Theater
Civic Season BoothDiscover the activist in you by participating in our Civic Season, celebrated from Juneteenth to July 4th by communities across the country. Vote on popular variations of beloved meals, record memorable experiences surrounding food, and learn about the origins of Black culinary heritage.10am–2pmGatheround Exhibit
(Will move to Lower Swan Lawn at 2pm)
Signature SeasoningsWhether you like it sweet, savory, or spicy, engage your culinary senses by creating a dry rub while learning its use in enhancing smoked meats and the art of barbecue.10am–2pmAtrium
Barbecue Nation ExhibitionVisit Barbecue Nation, an exhibit that explores the history of barbecue and how this cooking technique inspires cuisines both on and off the grill.10am–2pmRountree Visual Vault
Community OutreachVolunteers from the Nu Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, INC., will be giving away free children’s books covering various Black history topics.10am–2pmExhibition Hallway
(Will move to Lower Swan Lawn at 2pm)
More Than Brave: The Life of Henry Aaron ExhibitionStep into More Than Brave, an exhibit that uncovers the story of Henry Aaron and his life as a leader in baseball, business, and charitable causes.10am–2pmNicholson Gallery
Quilting-up CuisinesLearn from Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild as they share African American culture through quilting, a longstanding tradition in the Black community. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in make-and-take quilt pieces.10am–2pmGrand Overlook Ballroom
Food from the SoilJourney through the origins of agriculture. Observe harvesting, cooking, and even preserving to learn how food impacts our daily lives and how it is used in northern Georgia.11am–3:30pmSmith Farm
AudioscapeThis unique experience invites visitors to discover the profound connection between African Americans and the land, showcasing how they ingeniously used nature for survival and prosperity.12–3pmBoardwalk in Goizueta Gardens
Upper Swan Lawn Activities
(Front Door Side of Swan House and Swan Driveway)
Kids ActivitiesHead to the lawn to enjoy a variety of activities including an obstacle course, Swan House baseball scavenger hunt, and field games!l11am–3pmUpper Swan Lawn
Backyard BaseballBatter up! Join former Chicago Cubs player and youth baseball coach C.J. Stewart from L.E.A.D. Center for Youth for a baseball fundamentals workshop for children ages 5-12. Test your skills and see if you have what it takes to join the major leagues.12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pmUpper Swan Lawn
Lower Swan Lawn Activities
(Fountain Side of Swan House)
DJJoin us on the lawn for line dancing, musical chairs, and trivia as DJ Bad keeps us moving to the music!11:30am–3pmLower Swan Lawn
Lawn GamesGet outside and play Double Dutch, giant Jenga, Connect 4, and other lawn games. Also, kids can try their skills at an inflatable baseball experience.12–4pmLower Swan Lawn
FacepaintingFacepainting by India will entertain you with unique creations.12–4pmLower Swan Lawn
Yoga with DeKeely AtkinsJoin DeKeely of Form Yoga for a restorative stretching session on Swan Lawn. A limited number of blankets will be available; otherwise, bring your own mat or enjoy going barefoot in the grass.1:20–1:40pmLower Swan Lawn
Black National AnthemJoin us for a vocal performance of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” performed by Maiesha McQueen. In 1900, this poetic hymn was written and composed by brothers James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, both NAACP activists, as a celebration of the past, present, and future Black experience.2pmLower Swan Lawn
Southern Komfort Brass Band Southern Komfort Brass Band will close out the event with music that will make you want to move your feet.3–4pmLower Swan Lawn
Food & DrinkFood Truck ParkChoose your favorite delicious Southern bite from an assortment of barbeque, desserts, and more! Meal items are available for purchase while supplies last.11am–3:30pmSwan House Parking Lot (Across from McElreath Hall)
BarAlcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase, including a signature Red Drink.11am–4pmLower Swan Lawn
HospitalityWater Stations All DayMuseum Terraces, Smith Farm, and Swan House
First AidAll DaySwan House Lawn and Exhibition Hall
Nursing Room A private room for nursing parents, located near the sensory-friendly space and additional restrooms.All DayClassrooms
(enter through Gatheround exhibition)
Sensory Friendly Room Indoor
A quiet place with kids’ books and sensory toys, along with restroom access.

Outdoor
Quiet places in our gardens for kids to enjoy the outdoors in a tranquil environment.
All DayIndoor
Classrooms (Enter through Gatheround exhibition)

Outdoor
Olguita’s Garden and Asian Garden
Information Desk All DayAtlanta History Museum front desk

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