Juneteenth: Emancipation, Joy, and Freedom

June 19 – July 17, 2022
Free, Registration required

For Juneteenth 2022, Folger Poetry invited four different DC artists to explore their family stories of emancipation, joy, and freedom. Poets Melanie Henderson and Kenneth Carroll, actress Fatima Quander, and artist Halim Flowers responded to three questions from Folger Poetry curator Teri Cross Davis: 

  • What is the earliest story of freedom/emancipation in your family?
  • Are there stories of your family finding different freedoms?
  • Has your family or community celebrated Juneteenth in the past, and if so, how?
Whether escaping enslavement or escaping Jim Crow, finding and keeping Black joy is a tradition worth archiving. By sharing family stories of joy, emancipation, and freedom, we hope to forge new Folger traditions to celebrate family and our DC community.