The Chester County History Center will celebrate Juneteenth with multiple programs from June 16-18.
The events will welcome visual artist Dane Tilghman, children’s book author Nahjee Grant, and community staple Rev. Anderson Porter. Also, walking tours of downtown West Chester will highlight the abolitionist activities of its citizens and their impact on the Underground Railroad in Chester County.
Expanding the footprint and reach of activities this year, CCHC will welcome community members and visitors to experience conversations, programs, and events highlighting historic and powerful stories of the African-American community in Chester County and how they experienced the past, embrace the present, and inspire the future.
“Chester County saw the heroism of African-American soldiers during the Revolutionary War,” said Conor Hepp, President of the Chester County History Center. “It was a key location for the Underground Railroad. It has given birth to amazing African-American artists and Civil Rights leaders. Where but here should we celebrate African-American history, culture, and future? Juneteenth celebrates more than just the yesterdays. It celebrates the todays and the tomorrows of African-Americans. We plan on making that celebration loud.”
On June 16 at 6:30 PM, Tilghman, a West Chester native and one of America’s most sought-after African-American visual artists, will talk about his work, life, and experiences.
On June 18 at 1 PM, Grant will hold a special program for children and families. Also on June 18, at 6:30 PM, Rev. Porter will hold a moderated conversation about his journey, experiences, and a reflection on his life.
All programs are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged through CCHC’s website. Walking Tours are scheduled through the month of June and also require registration.