On June 19, 1865, the last of enslaved Black people living in Galveston, Texas were told the Civil War had ended; the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln; and all Black people were now free from the bondage of slavery. This date came to be known as Juneteenth and is now a day to celebrate freedom and resiliency after 246 years of enslavement; appreciate African American history and culture; and encourage continuous self-development. Commemorate Juneteenth with programs, tours or blog offerings from the Fairfax County Park Authority.
Friday, June 18, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Hear the names and stories of many African American families who lived and worked at Walney. Learn about slave tenancy, hear stories of resistance and survival.
Saturday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(All Ages) Celebrate meaningful contributions to American culture by African Americans across history. African Americans used their freedom to tell their own stories, make their own food, worship in their own congregations, and create new musical forms. The Juneteenth celebration at Frying Pan Farm Park will offer families the chance to hear, see, sample, and create crafts based on African American freedom. Special guest speaker Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz will elaborate on her book “Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine” at 12:45pm. The event will feature food vendors highlighting African American cuisine.
A virtual program hosted by Sully Historic Site (12-Adult)
Saturday, June 19, 3 p.m.
When the Civil War began, African Americans wasted no time fleeing their enslavers and rushing to the Union lines. As a result of their efforts, the great struggle would end with the destruction of American slavery and the passage of the 13th Amendment. Join Dr. Richard Bell, Professor of History at the University of Maryland, and explore these historic moments. Dr. Bell holds a PhD from Harvard University and has held major research fellowships at Yale, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress. He is a recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship and the National Endowment of the Humanities Public Scholar award. Professor Bell authored the book “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and their Astonishing Odyssey Home.”
This program is online via Zoom.
Tickets are released each Sunday for tours that begin the following week.
June 5, 12, 19 and 26: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Colvin Run Mill
Enslavement occurred in homes, shops, farming fields and places of work. As a factory and a home, Colvin Run Mill combined all of these. Learn how the work of the enslaved might have looked in each of these spaces and how that changed as news of Emancipation spread.
Registration Online is for a group of nine people.
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035