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Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Juneteenth Celebration

  • June 17, 2023 12 PM - 4 PM
  • 121 N. Fairfax Street

Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 17, 2023
12 – 4 pm

Carlyle House, a historic house museum and park, is hosting its annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2023. The event is being presented in collaboration with The Athenaeum, a regional arts organization, and C. Alexandria-Bernard Thomas, a Black Non-Binary, award-winning poet. The event will be held outside in the gardens and on the lawn and tented terrace of the Carlyle House located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Discover the history of Juneteenth through hands-on activities, art, history, and poetry readings. Activities are part of the planned offerings for the day that marks the liberation of Black Americans on June 19, 1865. The museum is thrilled to host visual artist Michael Spears and four magnificent poets: Micah the Poet, Carlynn Newhouse, Mysfit, and Pi-Anir the Poet. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with the artists after and in-between performances as well as share their written and/or drawn reactions to the powerful performances. The Athenaeum is offering African-themed hands-on activities for all ages. Displays, including information about research to date on the enslaved individuals owned by John Carlyle and his descendants, and a scavenger hunt give visitors the chance to learn more about our country’s second independence day.

This free community event runs from 12 – 4 pm.

The museum will be open. Visit https://www.novaparks.com/parks/carlyle-house-historic-park for updates on participating artists and vendors and the schedule of events. Find us on
Facebook: @CarlyleHouse and on Instagram: @CarlyleHouseVA. For additional information, call 703-549-2997. This event is supported, in part, by the Friends of Carlyle House.
Information about the site: Carlyle House tells the story of John Carlyle, one of Alexandria’s town founders, and his enslaved laborers, and explores the evolution of the site through the Civil War and beyond. The museum offers public programs for all ages, hands-on programs, educational tours for students, specialty tours, architectural walking tours, and guided tours of the house. The museum is situated one block off King Street with gardens that are an urban oasis throughout the year. The location is popular for weddings, receptions and celebrations.

The museum shop offers gift items that celebrate the site’s history as well as several items made in Virginia.

Information about the Athenaeum: The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences