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Juneteenth at OSV – FREE ADMISSION for all!

June 19


Juneteenth is a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in 1865. More specifically, it marks the day in 1865 when troops arrived in Galveston Texas to ensure the freedom of those enslaved at the time, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The road to emancipation was a long one and although slavery wasn’t abolished in the country until decades after the Village’s time period, many seeds of abolition were sown in the first half of the 19th century through lectures, art, articles, books, and other forms of activism.

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We encourage visitors to consider the historical and present-day significance of Juneteenth through interactions with guest speakers and performers as well as Old Sturbridge Village’s costumed educators. Engage in discussions and ask yourself “what can I do to further educate myself?” about the past and how it informs the present day. We will also welcome several special guests!
In commemoration of Juneteenth, admission to the museum is free on June 19, 2024.

Pre-registration is encouraged:

  • Listen to special music and poetry performances including drumming by the African Community Education (ACE) group of Worcester and spoken word by Ashley Wonder
  • Learn about how the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783 led to Texas Emancipation Day in 1865 during a special presentation by Sean Osborne, co-founder of the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (time TBD; see below for more information about Sean Osborne)
  • Visit with Cardethia Moore of Waistbeads by Cardethia for a craft on the Common.
  • View a case exhibit of antislavery writings in the Richardson House
  • Take an “Uncomfortable Truths” or “Artisans of Color” walking tour
  • And more!


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Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Rd
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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