This NYC Lower East Side "Juneteenth" Community Garden event is before the Clinton Community Garden's Summer Solstice Event, and is a great way to start the day before heading uptown to Hell's Kitchen
What is Juneteenth?*
"Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led
by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news
that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Note that
this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation
Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The
Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the
minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order.
However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the
arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong
enough to influence and overcome the resistance"*. *source: the
electronic village website
Check out the electronic village website for a complete overview and
How and why will M'Finda Kalunga commemorate the event?
M'Finda Kalunga Community Garden, originally the Golden Age Garden,
was named to honor an African Burial Ground, located nearby on Chrystie
Street, between Stanton and Rivington. The name, taken from the
Kikongo language, means "Garden at the Edge of the Other Side. This
event is a precursor to next summer's larger event, marking the 10th
anniversary and re-dedication of the garden.
Through poetry, performance, readings, and art projects, together we
will explore iideas of freedom, and how we honor our ancestors.
When: Saturday, June 19th, 2004
Where: M'Finda Kalunga Community Garden
Rivington Street crosswalk between Forsyth and Chrystie Sts.
(inside the Sara Roosevelt Park)
What: readings; poetry writing
collaborative art projects
Performance by Caren Plummer and Ancestral Cleansing Energy
Who: All Ages
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Subway: F or V train to 2nd Avenue, walk south on Chrystie or Forsyth
to Rivington St. Crosswalk, between Crystie and Forsyth Streets
B or D train to Grand street, walk north on chrystie or Forysyth to
Rivington Street Crosswalk
Bus: M103 to Bowery and Prince Street. Walk one block south to
Rivington, and 1 1/2 blocks east to Rivington.
How: This event made possible by a grant from Citizens for NYC