[Image by Elsa Hahne, Courtesy of the Whitney Plantation's Website]

2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Fest Coming to Whitney Plantation

07:00 May 30, 2024
By: Mathilde Hebert

Experience Freedom & Fun

The second annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival at the Whitney Plantation in Edgard, Louisiana, on Saturday, June 15. This is far more than simply a celebration; it's a fantastic chance to develop and learn.

Whatever your age, the whole family will enjoy an intriguing and instructive day, and the most enjoyable part is that it's free! There will also be no charge for the self-guided tour of the museum's pavilions and gardens, which is included with admission.

Avery Tate of Rhythm Nation Dance Group will lead a fun dancing session throughout the duration of the festival, and ILABI Global Curriculum's Chief Editor and Developer Holley Willis will conduct a session titled "Trauma and Triggers." The class will go into the intricacies of trauma and its causes, as well as possible avenues for recovery and peacemaking.

Famous local merchants in St. John the Baptist Parish, as well as the neighboring River Parishes, will be offering a variety of delectable cuisine, sno-balls, and drinks, in addition to a number of vendor booths exhibiting artwork, clothing, jewelry, and crafts. Prior registration is required and entry closes at 3 p.m.

[Image by Elsa Hahne, Courtesy of the Whitney Plantation's Website]

About the Plantation

The Whitney Plantation, officially known as The Whitney Institute, is a nonprofit museum devoted to the history and education of slavery in the South.

Over a dozen historic structures are preserved by the museum and several are part of the Whitney Plantation Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Whitney Plantation is 45 minutes outside of the metro area of New Orleans, and the journey is certainly worth taking. It is Louisiana's first plantation museum dedicated exclusively to the study of slavery. The trip is given from the viewpoint of enslaved Africans who worked and lived here in Louisiana.

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