The Missouri Historical Society is hosting its own Juneteenth Celebration, as part of the Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival, from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, June 20, outside the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The party, celebrating 134 years of liberation, focuses on the history of how the news of emancipation spread across the slave states and features inspirational readings commemorating the event. Traditionally, a highlight of Juneteenth celebrations is the recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation, accompanied by local writers' works and excerpts from other famous works.
Performing musical tributes for the celebration are two mainstays of St. Louis' jazz scene, the Bosman Twins (pictured), who will take the stage at 3 p.m.
The party is free, so bring the whole family. A free shuttle will run to the museum from the parking lot just east of the museum, and the Forest Park MetroLink stop is less than a mile away. There's no reason not to take your dad out in the sunshine this Father's Day.
-- James A. Duffy