On June 19, 2018 at 6:30pm, New Brunswick Area Branch NAACP and Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, New Brunswick will be presenting a program, Juneteenth – A day of Remembrance, at the Church, 39 Hildebrand Way, New Brunswick, NJ. The program will feature a presentation regarding the American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas that liberated the last remaining slaves in the United States, along with a libation ceremony to remember the Lost Souls of those sold illegally into slavery in New Jersey during the early 1800’s.
The program culminates with an exclusive public screening of JOSIAH, a documentary that traces Josiah Henson’s harrowing journey from slavery in Maryland and Kentucky to freedom in Canada.
Josiah Henson (1789-1883) spent 41 years as a slave. He was a dynamic, driven man with unyielding principles who overcame incredible odds to escape his cruel masters and improve the lives of hundreds of freed people throughout his long life. Though immortalized by Harriet Beecher Stowe in her seminal, society-changing novel Uncle Tom's Cabin and catapulted to international fame in 1852, his story has been largely lost to history. Until now."
For more information, contact Toni Hendrix, Community Engagement Chair, New Brunswick Area NAACP, at (732) 690-0455.