Woods Hole 2018 ‘Juneteenth Celebration’ Featuring Author Richard Taylor

Author Richard Taylor, at the Oak Bluffs Public Library.

WOODS HOLE- Members of the Woods Hole community are gearing up for their 2018 ‘Juneteenth Celebration’ with this year’s theme of “education and achievement.”

The event will include a presentation by Richard L. Taylor on “Race, Property, and the Power of Place: A Story of the African American Community on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Following Taylor’s presentation, the Diversity Initiative will present the 2018 John K. Bullard Diversity Award to two local recipients.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to its origin in Texas, when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, thus freeing all remaining slaves in the state on June 19, 1865.

Today’s celebrations focus on African American freedom and emphasize education and achievement. The Juneteenth celebration is supported by the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative.

The event will take place on June 19th, at 3:00 p.m. in the Speck Auditorium of Rowe Laboratory at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). It is free and open to the public.

BY: JOHN BONDAREK- Cape Cod.Com News Center

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