Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Friday, June 06, 2014

For more information contact:

Tameka Lee

Director of Community Relations

[email protected]



LITTLE ROCK, AR (June 6, 2014) – Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. In honor of the observance, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a free street festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

In addition to the outdoor festival, at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21, the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, AETN and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will present a free preview screening of American Experience: Freedom Summer by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Freedom Summer tells the stirring, inspirational story of 10 weeks during the summer of 1964. The screening will take place in MTCC’s third-floor auditorium and is free and open to the public; however, seating

The museum will also have a special exhibit on display, Arkansas African American Legislators from 1868 to 1893, provided by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission.

MTCC’s Juneteenth celebrationwill also feature children’s activities, food vendors and live entertainment, including gospel, blues, R&B/soul and spoken word performances by:

  • Ricky Howard
  • Foreign Tongues
  • Razors and Bandaids
  • Artists United presents Dojoworld Entertainment
  • Butterfly feat. Irie Soul
  • Big John Miller Band
  • Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe
  • National recording artists, Ethan Kent and Uncle Reece

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is located at 501 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. There is no admission fee.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to telling the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.

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