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Juneteenth: Exploring Freedom’s Stories

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a film and community conversation about the origins of Juneteenth and other Black commemorations of emancipation.

Co-hosted with the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Produced by Annenberg Classroom, the film Juneteenth: Exploring Freedom’s Stories explores the history of Juneteenth and illustrates how and why freedom and citizenship were intertwined, as well as how the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution changed and expanded the definition of citizenship and the rights of all American citizens.

Following a screening of the film, HSP will host a community conversation with Philadelphia-based public historians and historical interpreters on how Juneteenth has been marked in the city in recent decades. They will also share stories of freedom celebrations pre-dating 1865 and will discuss the role of local groups in expanding the history and narrative of Black emancipation. Documents and prints from HSP’s collection that illustrate the story of the free Black community in pre-Civil War Philadelphia will be on view.

The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1993 to educate the public and policy makers about communication’s role in advancing public understanding of political, science, and health issues at the local, state, and federal levels. The policy center’s Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics was established to honor Ambassador Leonore Annenberg’s lifelong dedication to public service and civics education. The Institute’s signature programs for high school students include Annenberg Classroom, which, in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, offers an award-winning curriculum of online videos and games on the Constitution.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1824, is one of the nation’s largest archives of historical documents. We are proud to serve as Philadelphia’s Library of American History, with over 21 million manuscripts, books, and graphic images encompassing centuries of US history. Through educator workshops, research opportunities, public programs, and lectures throughout the year, we strive to make history relevant and exhilarating to all. For more information, visit hsp.org.


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States