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The Free Soil Arts Collective operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation
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In 2022, we gathered on Market Street in downtown Lowell, MA to highlight Lowell’s Black history and Black artists—featuring a mainstage of musicians and performers, poetry readings at local businesses, walking Black History tours, food, and Black artisan vendors. At our first annual celebration in 2021, attendees participated in a site-specific, outdoor traveling theatre experience that highlighted the legacy of Black people in Lowell, MA.
Photos By Henry Marte & Marte Media
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the Unites States. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those enslaved. However, it wasn’t until over two years later on June 19, 1865, that slaves in Texas were notified by the Union Civil War soldiers of the abolition of slavery.