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Celebrate Juneteenth in Findlay!

June 19th, 1865

June 19, is a day to recognize the freedom of the last enslaved people in America. It was on this day in 1865 that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, reached the western-most part of the United States making all people in America free.

2020 Celebrations

Juneteenth Celebration

The Black Heritage Library is celebrating Juneteenth virtually! Watch the video here, topics discussed included the origins of Juneteenth, the Emancipation Proclamation, Findlay’s Underground Railroad historical marker, Black Wall Street, and more.

Watch the video here

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Join Mazza Museum for an interview with illustrator E.B. Lewis as he shares his process of illustrating “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom” and the importance of Juneteenth. You can purchase the book here.

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Celebrates Juneteenth with E.B. Lewis

Ben Sapp, Director, University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, discusses the importance of Juneteenth with award winning illustrator and fine artist, E.B. Lewis and his book, “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom.”

Posted by University of Findlay's Mazza Museum on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Relive Juneteenth: Miles of Bravery

In celebration of Juneteenth in 2019 several local organizations hosted artwork from Mazza Museum’s “Miles of Bravery: The Underground Railroad through Picture Books” exhibit. Each location had art and books from the collection as well as family-friendly activities. See highlights from the 2019 event here, and relive parts of that day below:

Underground Railroad Expert Cathy Nelson

Watch Underground Railroad expert Cathy Nelson’s 2019 Lunch and Learn lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. This event kicked off our 2019 Juneteenth event.

Cathy Nelson is a retired Columbus City Schools teacher and Founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, will deliver a lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Ms. Nelson has testified to Congress on behalf of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1997, and she and her extensive research have won numerous awards and widespread recognition.

Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center

At the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center visitors were invited to watch a video about the important role played by Hancock County residents and other Ohioans in the operations of the Underground Railroad.

A map of the Underground Railroad stops in Findlay and Hancock County were also on display at the Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center.

Art Tour

Illustrations and artwork from these books were featured on the 2019 self-guided art tour:

Bryan Collier: “Freedom River
Floyd Cooper: “Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History“, and “Juneteenth for Mazie
Leo & Diane Dillon: “Many Thousand Gone
John Holyfield: “Hammering for Freedom
Gloria Kamen: Illustrated panels from WETA-TV Series “Cover to Cover”
E.B. Lewis: “All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom“, “I Want to be Free“, “Night Boat to Freedom“, and “Night Running: How James Escaped with the Help of His Faithful Dog
Lori McElrath-Eslick: Portrait featured in Cricket Magazine and “From Slavery to Freedom”,
Jerry Pinkney: “Ain’t Nobody a Stranger to Me
Don Tate: “Hope’s Gift“, and “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

Locations who participated in 2019 were the Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center, Findlay Art League, Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, Hancock Historical Museum, Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Mazza Museum, and Paint & Partake.

Artwork by Floyd Cooper, seen in “Juneteenth for Mazie”