New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center

Juneteenth Celebration
June 13, 2008


On June 13, 2008, the African American Resource Center hosted a Juneteenth Celebration in the auditorium recognizing the abolishment of slavery in America. Valencia Hawkins, head of the African American Resource Center, welcomed over 60 guests to the noontime event. The celebration featured lectures by Dr. Felix James and Ms. Linda Hill, both of Southern University at New Orleans, music by John Mosley and friends, food and gifts.


The program began with a libation statement in honor of the ancestors.


Dr. Felix James, Chairman of the History Dept of Southern University at New Orleans gave a thorough and enlightening lecture on the abolishment of slavery in the United States as well as a look at freedom day celebrations held throughout the country.


Ms. Linda Hill, Curator of the Center for African and African American Studies at SUNO, touched on the effects of slavery in present day society and the continuation of a peonage system in the years following slavery.


Rev. John Mosley and friends provided the crowd with spirited and upbeat musical selections that delighted the crowd.


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