The Juneteenth Luncheon – June 13th


Old Salem Museums & Gardens to Present The Juneteenth Luncheon: In Celebration of the Abolition of Slavery in America

The St. Philips Heritage Center at Old Salem Museums & Gardens will host a luncheon on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, in celebration of Juneteenth, the country’s longest-running observance of the abolition of slavery. The luncheon will begin at noon and will last until 1:30 pm. It will take place in the James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium at the Old Salem Visitor Center at 900 Old Salem Road.

Justice Henry E. Frye will be the guest speaker for this special luncheon. In 1983 Justice Frye became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was appointed by North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1999.  He retired from the Court in 2001 and shortly thereafter became Of Counsel to Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP. Justice Frye is a Visiting Professor of Political Science and Justice at North Carolina A&T State University.

An African inspired lunch will be served from 12 noon to 12:30 pm with African American heritage music performed on the historic Tannenberg organ. The program will begin at 12:45 pm. Justice Frye will discuss “North Carolina’s Slavery Laws/Codes and Their Implications Today.”

Admission includes all programming, lunch, and a tour of the St. Philips African Moravian Church, the oldest standing African American Church in North Carolina, where the abolition of slavery was announced on Sunday, May 21, 1865.

Admission is $15 if purchased by June 1 and $20 after June 1. Please call 1-800-441-5305 to purchase advance tickets. For more information, please contact Cheryl Harry (721-7373,cdharry@oldsalem.org).

About St. Philips Heritage Center

The St. Philips Heritage Center in Old Salem is a sacred place significant to the unusual and unique history of this community, and it is a touchstone of the African American experience. The African and African American Moravian congregation, organized in Salem in 1822 among a mostly enslaved population, is one of the oldest Black congregations in the United States.  It is the only historic African American Moravian congregation in the country. The Heritage Centeris comprised of the African Moravian Log Church, St. Philips African Moravian Church, the Strangers Graveyard, the African American Graveyard and the Path to Happy Hill Overlook.

About Old Salem

Old Salem Museums & Gardens is one of America’s most comprehensive history attractions. Its museums—the Historic Town of Salem and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA), along with award-winning heirloom gardens—engage visitors in an educational and memorable historical experience about those who lived and worked in the early South. Old Salem Museums & Gardens is located at 900 Old Salem Road in Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-721-7300 or visit www.oldsalem.org.



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