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Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2024, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Juneteenth Celebration

Online: Free. Register here.
In Person: Included with admission. Special Juneteenth admission rates. Click here to purchase or reserve tickets.

Join us as we come together to commemorate Juneteenth, honoring the realized freedom and the struggle of the once enslaved Africans in America. Featuring a live performance of "Unshackled" by The Black Breath Collective, family-friendly storytelling by Thembi Palmer, and a panel discussion.

  • 10:30 am: Storytime. Children's stories centering on the history of Juneteenth and celebrating resistance, read by local storyteller Thembi Palmer. Geared toward ages 5 to 12, but all ages are welcome.
  • 11:30 am: Choir Performance #1. The Black Breath Collective performs "Unshackled," a 45-minute original work. 
  • 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion. Local scholars discuss the history of Juneteenth. Featuring Ismael Jimenez, Director of Social Studies Curriculum at the School District of Philadelphia, and Michael Coard, attorney, radio host, and newspaper columnist. Moderated by Lauren Zalut, ESPHS Director of Education and Tour Programs.
  • 1:30 pm: Choir Performance #2. The Black Breath Collective performs "Unshackled," a 45-minute original work.

All activities are included with admission.

Special Juneteenth Admission Rates:

  • Children ages 12 and under: Free
  • Residents in the 19130 and 19121 zip codes: Free
  • All other guests: $15 admission. Available online or at the door, subject to availability.

Click here to purchase or reserve tickets at these special rates. 

Our Juneteenth celebration will also be live-streamed on Zoom. Click here to register.

Note: Discounts are also available for Museums for All, ACCESS Card, and SEPTA Key Reduced Fare card holders. See our accessibility page for more information. Many libraries also lend admission passes to Eastern State, which can be checked out from the library and used for admission to Juneteenth. 

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