Human Relations News

The Human Relations Department will display art created for the “Transforming Race” project at the 7th Annual Juneteenth Africana Festival, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Joel Coliseum Annex.

Representatives will also have information about the department and show “Engine Four,” the 2007 documentary about North Carolina’s first integrated firehouse here in Winston-Salem.

The Transforming Race project paired high school students with Wake Forest University art students to create visual art that explores racial attitudes and diversity.

Juneteenth celebrates the country's longest-running observance of the abolition of slavery. It commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, after Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas. They were the last slaves to learn of their freedom. Initially celebrated in Texas, where it is now observed as a state holiday, the celebration of Juneteenth has gradually spread.

This year’s Juneteenth festivities are sponsored by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, the Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks Department, Novant Health, Reynolds American, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Food Lion, 97.1 WQMG, 90.5 WSNC, Union Baptist Church and N.C. Rep. Larry W. Womble.

For more information call 723-1488 or visit www.triadculturalarts.org.

 

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