On Monday, June 19, all are invited to visit the Sautee Nacoochee Center to mark Juneteenth, the United States' newest Federal holiday.
This day is set aside to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of Black citizens throughout the United States on June 19, 1865. In addition, at SNC the day is dedicated to raising funds for the Bean Creek Missionary Baptist Church cemetery.
Activities 10am - 5pm
From 10am until 5pm material presenting the history of Bean Creek Missionary Baptist Church along with the Regional African American Museum of Northeast Georgia Exhibition will be on display in the Community Hall.
Audrey Davenport, Curator & President of the Regional African American Museum of Northeast Georgia (RAAMNG), which is located in Cornelia, will be on campus from 1pm until 4pm. Beginning at 1pm, she will present a Think & Listen session for willing participants. She describes this interactive activity as, "Thinking and allowing others to think, with no attachment to who we are, our role or experience, and intentionally taking the time to empty the glass and think and go deeper." Contact the Center to participate.
At 2pm in the Community Hall, Audrey Davenport will conduct a tour of the Regional African American Museum (RAAMNG) of Northeast Georgia Exhibition followed by a question and answer period. Included in the exhibition is a display of the Cornelia Regional Colored High School (CRCHS) building blueprints and plaque, digitized original materials related to the RAAMNG, a slide presentation supplementing the panels with CRCHS reunions, and video recordings relevant to RAAMNG.
From 1pm to 3pm Sharon Mumbi of Cumming will demonstrate the creation of her work as a fiber artist. Sharon, founder of Africasy, specializes in creating handmade leather Ankara Beaded handbag clutches, Fedora hats, ponchos and sandals. She is an SNC juried artist and her work is for sale in the gallery shops.
In the Folk Pottery Museum, a family packet of material that includes activities, reading lists and online resources will be offered, along with hourly readings of Laban Carrick Hill's Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave. Additionally, panels from the 2019 Dave Drake exhibit will be on display.