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11:30am Freedom Walk Begins at Historic Speedwell,
333 Speedwell Ave. Morristown, NJ
Join the Freedom Walk to celebrate and recognize the strength and dignity the slaves had to move forward after the announcement of the abolition of slavery. At this same location, from 10am to Noon costumed reenactors from the Second New Jersey Brigade will bring the American Civil War to life. They will demonstrate the daily lives of soldiers, including bayonet drills, cannon firings and skirmishes. At 11:30 am there will be an initial reading of the Emancipation Proclamation followed by a 1.3 mile walk to the Morristown Green, sponsored by the Morris County Tourism Bureau.
12:00pm Gathering on the Green: Music, Readings & Song
inspired by the African-American experience. Join Jimmy Dumas and Ingrid Crew along with spoken word performers will take the audience on an uplifting musical journey. Meet your neighbors and support local businesses. Vendors welcome! Spaces are $75. Click here to vend.
1:00pm Jubilee Freedom Songs & Narrative Readings from Morris County residents and students
2:30pm Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Green. Hear the words of the Executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 that freed Southern slaves.
3:30pm Gentrification, Race & Freedom Discussion
Moderator: Leslye Folmar-Harris, Ed.M, Educator & Educational Consultant
Join Larry Hamm of the People's Organization for Progress, and Dr. Betty Livingston Adams, Author of Black Women's Christian Activism at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown for a spirited discussion. This panel will highlight ways to re-shape efforts by forces that displace people of color and poorer people in various communities. Morristown and places across the country are rapidly changing and people can no longer afford to live there. Why is this happening and how are communities fighting back? Be a part of this lively discussion.
4:00pm Wakanda Edition Bar Crawl
Join a spirited group on a walk to to 3 restaurant locations. Learn the facts about the remarkable history of African-Americans in historic Morris County.
7:00pm Free Celebration at the Hyatt
Everyone is invited to come together and celebrate and recognize those who came before us while uniting with those in our presence to move forward.