Special Event


Juneteenth Gathering: #Pop-up Poetry and "Jubilee Juneteenth & the Thirteenth"

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site




East Lawn

Dates & Times


Sunday, June 19, 2022


7:00 PM


2 hours and 30 minutes

Type of Event

Campfire/Evening Program
Partner Program


Gather with your neighbors on Juneteenth for a special poetry performance and film screening connecting past and present, in partnership with the Museum of African American History in Boston.
The evening begins at 7:30 PM with a Drum Call, community processional, and poetry reading, part of the #Pop-Up Poetry Series, A Denise Plays Hard Event with Becoming Chibuzo, Multi-Disciplinary Artist/Producer Akili Jamal Haynes.
At 8:30, we will screen the film Jubilee Juneteenth and the Thirteenth outdoors on the Longfellow House lawn, a documentary produced by The Museum of African American History Boston and Nantucket, with funding from Liberty Mutual, MGH, and Harvard University Office for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Hosted by Hill Harper. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
Jubilee Juneteenth and the Thirteenth accurately portrays the influential but often overlooked role that African Americans in Boston and Massachusetts played in the events that led to the abolition of slavery in the United States. It explores the importance of the African Meetinghouse, built by and for Black people in 1806 as Boston's first black church. It stands today as the oldest original black church building in America. For nearly six decades preceding the Civil War, the African Meetinghouse was the epicenter where much activism to abolish slavery was born and bred.
The groundbreaking documentary tells the history of slavery in Massachusetts during the Colonial and American Revolutionary periods and addresses the impact of the laws during that time and insight into the Boston antebellum and the abolitionists' movement. The film further addresses the effects of the Civil War and how it led to the Emancipation Proclamation and its layered impact on ending slavery and the development of the 14th and 15th Amendments.
7:00 PM Gather on the Longfellow House lawn (drop-in, picnics welcome)
7:30 PM #Pop-Up Poetry Series, A Denise Plays Hard Event with Becoming Chibuzo, Multi- Disciplinary Artist/Producer Akili Jamal Haynes
8:15 PM Film introduction
8:30-9:30 PM Outdoor Film Screening

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for this outdoors screening. Picnic meals are welcome!

Watch the film's trailer on YouTube!

This event is part of the Longfellow Summer Festival.

Reservation or Registration: No

Contact Information

Beth Wasson
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