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Celebrate Juneteenth with music and dance performances, living history presentations, and children’s activities and crafts. Connecticut Landmarks and partners will highlight the African American history of the Hempsted Houses and the surrounding neighborhood with the City of New London.

Schedule of the day’s activities:

10:45 am – Drumming led by Kenny “Doc” Frazier
11:15 am – Presentation of Colors – NLHS ROTC
11:30 am – Welcome – Curtis Goodwin
12:00 noon – NLHS Voices United
12:30 pm – Keynote Speaker – Lonnie Braxton
1:30 pm – Joan Jackson – Tammy Denease
2:00 pm – Book Reading – Carrie McWilliams
3:00 pm – Poetry Reading – Arnell Peck

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Registration appreciated, but walk-ups always welcome! 

This program is part of the Hempsted Houses’ Juneteenth Festival. See the full list of events here.

Supported in part by: The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Chelsea Groton Foundation, Inc, and Connecticut Explored, Inc.  

In partnership with: New London NAACP, OIC, and the New London County Historical Society

This program takes place outdoors. In case of cancellation due to severe weather, registrants will be notified at the email address on file. If you have any questions, contact Site Administrator Lynette Fisher at hempsted@ctlandmarks.org

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