JUNE 19TH - "JUNETEENTH" - is known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” and marks the final end of slavery in the United States in 1865. It’s also an occasion to remember the ongoing fight for social justice. We are so proud of and inspired by our local Arts community who have taken this opportunity to feature the work of Black artists and their interpretation of this day. On Juneteenth, the Louisville Opera released their one-act opera and workshop called "This Little Light of Mine," about Fannie Lou Hamer, a Black woman whose fight for equal rights helped implement the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We would love for you to join us in viewing this brilliant work for free online at youtube.com/user/KentuckyOpera.
The first installment of the “(Un)known Project” public art series was celebrated on Juneteenth, with the unveiling of two symbolically designed benches, commissioned by local artist Ed Hamilton, along the banks of the Ohio River between 9th and 10th streets. This project, dreamt up by local poet and activist Hannah Drake, will tell the lost stories of enslaved Louisvillians.
We’re thrilled to see this project featured in The New York Times! Saturday’s celebrations were dotted with performances by the Simmons College marching band, local musicians, Louisville ballet members, and many more.
Photo by Alton Strupp at the Courier Journal.