Juneteenth 2019: Week of Remembrance


Juneteenth 2019: Week of Remembrance

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The Metro Historical Commission (MHC) announces the inaugural Week of Remembrance: Juneteenth 2019, hosted by We Remember Nashville. From June 18th-23rd, several free events will offer an opportunity for the collective Nashville community to engage in public memory. 

The MHC is one of several community partners that together form the coalition known as We Remember Nashville. This coalition seeks not only to educate our community around the ongoing legacy of racial terror, but to do so in a way that centers those most often affected by the violence of our present and past. The week begins with an educational forum discussing the power of memory and movement, followed by two marker installations and dedication ceremonies, a healing retreat offering communal care for those traumatized by the legacy of racial violence, and concluding with an interfaith service of lament and celebration. All events are free and open to the public. Additionally, event spaces are accessible to disabled persons, and locations are accessible by public transit. Register online today!

Educational Forum on Public Memory
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Nashville Public Library
This informative event will feature our EJI student essay contest winners, youth spoken word artists, and an interactive panel discussing the topic, “We Remember: The Power of Memory and Movement”. Register online.

Marker Installation and Dedication
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 12:00 p.m.
Woodland Street Bridge and 1st Avenue North
On Juneteenth, we will install the first phase of our public memory project with two historical markers downtown. The first marker is named for Henry Grizzard and Ephraim Grizzard, brothers who were violently hanged by white residents of Davidson and Sumner counties on April 24 and April 30, 1892. The second marker is named for David Jones and Jo Reed, victims of racial terror lynching pre-1877. Register online.

Healing Retreat
Thursday, June 20, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
St. Augustine's Chapel
This retreat will feature contemplative circles, movement chaplains, and other sacred offerings. The traumas of oppression, violence, and racial terror have a lasting impact on our bodies, minds, and spirits. This space is open to all in an effort to create a space of care, mutual respect, decompression, and healing. Register online.

Interfaith Service of Lament and Celebration
Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church South Inglewood
We will conclude the week with an interfaith service of lament and celebration. We will worship with faith leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Bahá'í, and Christian communities, and a host of community members for this moving service. All faith and non-faith traditions are welcome. Register online.

Learn more about the honorees including David Jones, Jo Reed and Henry Grizzard.


About We Remember Nashville
The Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County Community Remembrance Project Coalition ("We Remember Nashville ”) exists to promote community awareness, education, and public reckoning around racial terror in Nashville, TN (Davidson County) through partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative and local stakeholders. Led by an intergenerational, multi-gendered, interfaith core, We Remember Nashville tells the story of racial terror with dignity, truth, and resilience in order to move toward reconciliation.