The Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host its annual Juneteenth family programs June 15 and 16 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Guests during this free-admission weekend explore the themes of freedom and family history through talks, museum theatre, workshops and storytelling.
Juneteenth observance highlights include author Christina Proenza-Coles discussing her new book, “American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World,” June 15; and Kenyatta D. Berry, co-host of the popular PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow,” covering genealogy, family history, and her new book, “The Family Tree Toolkit,” June 16.
Juneteenth guests also can join bestselling author, James Beard Award winner and renowned culinary historian Michael Twitty in the Smith Family Farm kitchen both days as he demonstrates the rich history of African and African American food traditions in the South at the open hearth.
Other highlights of the annual gathering include performances of five original Meet the Past museum theatre productions. Notable among them is the Juneteenth-themed “The Order of Freedom,” which explores the impact of the issuance of General Order No. 3, by Gen. Gordon Granger June 19, 1865, and the challenges faced by a couple beginning the journey from slavery to citizenship.
As part of the center’s vision statement to connect people, history and culture and the inclusivity initiative in the institution’s strategic plan, the center offers four free-to-the-community days each year: the two-day Juneteenth observance, Day of the Dead and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
For more information, call 404-814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com/family.