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Juneteenth Festival

An annual all-day festival celebrating the end of slavery

Juneteenth Festival

Germantown is an apt place to celebrate the end of slavery. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia


June 21, 2014
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Thursday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. On Saturday, June 21, a few days after the holiday, The Johnson House in Historic Germantown hosts its annual Juneteenth Festival, complete with free activities of all sort in celebration of the end of slavery.

The festival kicks off with a presentation at the State Marker in honor of the site of the writing of the first anti-slavery document that was printed, the First Protest of 1688. Following the presentation, the Freedom Walk parade, led by a number of African-American groups, makes its way up Germantown Avenue to the festivities at the Johnson House.

At the Johnson House, look forward to exhibitions, performances, vendors, discussions, family-friendly events, activities about the history of the anti-slavery and abolitionist movements and much more.

All day long, groove to musical performances on the main stage by a number of local R&B musicians, dance ensembles and African groups.

Liberty to Go to See

As part of Historic Germantown’s Juneteenth programming, the Cliveden teams up with the New Freedom Theatre and Philadelphia Young Playwrights to present Liberty to Go to See, a performance based on the Chew Family Papers which are documents about the Chew family’s plantations and slaves.

The show runs from June 19 through 21 and tickets are $12 per person.

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