Mecklenburg County to Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘The Homage Exhibit’
Mecklenburg County will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting “The Homage Exhibit” at Eastway Regional Recreation Center on June 15, from noon to 8 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“The Homage Exhibit” is a traveling collection of more than 650 original artifacts, documents and art that showcases the vast African American experience. The exhibit is owned by Charlotte residents Nia and Morris McAdoo, who have been collecting these items for more than 20 years. It features works by artists such as Romare Bearden and Elizabeth Catlett, alongside original documents from Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche and more.
Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Families, students and community members are invited to come to the exhibit and learn about the history and importance of Juneteenth and the culture and achievements of African Americans.
"We are excited to host the exhibit and celebrate Juneteenth with our community," said W. Lee Jones, director of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. "This event provides us an opportunity to hear untold stories, and to celebrate the legacy and contributions of African Americans to American society."
The exhibit has been showcased in various locations across the country. Attendees will tour a wide range of cultural artifacts, from art and literature to music and sports, that have shaped the African American experience. They can also participate in an interactive green screen experience that further brings the exhibit to life.