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SAVANNAH AFRICAN ART MUSEUM TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

SAVANNAH, GA – MAY 30, 2024 – The Savannah African Art Museum will hold its fourth annual Juneteenth celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 201 E. 37th Street. As is tradition,  the Juneteenth celebration will reflect on honoring the past while embracing the future. This year the museum’s collection of West and Central African art will be the focus of the celebration. Guests are invited to enjoy free self-guided tours with docents available to share information and respond to questions to discover more about African History and culture and its impact on African American History and beyond.  

During this Juneteenth celebration, guests who know where their African roots lie can be directed to galleries featuring art from their ancestor’s region. In addition to Docent’s availability for info, QR Codes will be displayed on some of the art so guests can learn the significance of the artwork, scan it for further personal research and see how it connects to African American history, world history, and present-day motifs (e.g. Adinkra symbols, Gullah Geechee and The Igbo People, etc.). The celebration is multi-generational family friendly. Children will receive coloring sheets featuring images of some of the art to take home. 

“Sankofa,” is an African word from the Akan people of Ghana. The literal translation is, it is not taboo to go back and fetch what has been left behind” or simply “go back and get it,” meaning that it is good to honor the past to embrace the future. The Akan people believe wisdom is derived from creating a robust knowledge of the past.  

“Juneteenth marks a day of acknowledging and honoring the past, celebrating progress, planting and nurturing seeds for the future,” said Savannah African Art Museum Education and Community Outreach Liaison Lisa Jackson. “We look forward to old and new friends joining us to celebrate by experiencing our African Art Collection and maybe connect some dots they were unaware of.” 

The Savannah African Art Museum is a non-profit institution devoted to spreading awareness and appreciation of African culture. They hold an abundant collection of objects that hail from West and Central Africa. The museum’s collection spans over 28 African countries and represents over 180 cultures. For more information about the museum, access virtual tours, workshops, and initiatives, please visit www.savannahafricanartmuseum.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest using the handle @SavannahAfricanArtMuseum. 

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