2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration.
Co-sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Suitland Ward; the Prince George's County Historical Society; and the Prince George's County Chapter of AAHGS. Free. (Details below)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
5300 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20746.
Registration form Deadline June 8
The Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Prince George’s County Maryland Chapter (AAHGS-PGCM), the Prince George's County Historical Society, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a Juneteenth celebration, on Saturday, June 16, 2007, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, 5300 Auth Road, Suitland, Maryland. The seminar is free to the community but pre-registration is required. The theme of this seminar is “Footprints and Roots” which symbolizes the ancestry footprints by tracing their roots.
Juneteenth is celebrated throughout the United States. It symbolizes for what many African Americans what the Fourth of July symbolizes for other Americans. This year AAHGS-PGCM, will present a series of workshops and a panel discussion for beginning genealogists to commemorate this historic event. This year's Juneteenth celebration will serve as a historical milestone to remind Prince Georgians and all those in attendance of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelties of slavery. A special children's session has been designed to introduce the county's youth to combining history with genealogy and preservation.
Author and lecturer Carroll R. Gibbs will illuminate the rich contributions of African Americans to our society and its culture through his lectures, exhibits, and films, will serve as the keynote speaker. The workshops will focus on resources, research methods, and historical events designed to enlighten the participants on the history of Juneteenth and the tracing of their roots. Experienced educators, historians and genealogists will provide lectures on the Underground Railroad in Prince George's County, Slave Genealogy, Interview Techniques, Research Depositories and more. Representatives from the National Archives and Records Administration, the Maryland State Archives, the Smithsonian Institute, Howard University, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and AAHGS’ members will conduct the workshops and participate in a panel discussion.
For information, contact the Planning Committee Co-Chairs: Lyndra Marshall (301) 808-6240 or Nathania Branch Miles (301) 322-9409.
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