Juneteenth

Juneteenth (June 19) is a national commemoration marking the end of slavery in the United States.
    Two chefs pose in their kitchen, holding up a plate piled with special Juneteenth foods.
    Two chefs pose in their kitchen, holding up a plate piled with special Juneteenth foods.
    Julien Printemps, left, and executive chef Dan Kahn, right, display the special menu the Eat Street Cafe created in honor of Juneteenth.

    A Celebration of Joy, Empowerment and Healing

    On June 18-19, 2020, Mass General marked Juneteenth with “A Celebration of Joy, Empowerment and Healing.” The two-day event featured several talks, poetry, art and music presentations, and historical overviews. The event was livestreamed and is available for viewing.

    The Historical Significance of Juneteenth

    Juneteenth is about proclaiming what Black people have been saying for centuries: that Black lives matter, meaning that African-American humanity is not debatable.

    Art and Action

    Dawn Simmons, of the Front Porch Arts Collective, moderated a panel with leaders of area groups who work to increase visibility for the art that people of color create.

    "Historical Titans" Neighboring Mass General

    The hospital community was treated to a virtual tour of the Museum of African American History and the area neighboring Mass General, a neighborhood rich with Black history.

    Juneteenth-inspired Special Menu

    The Eat Street Café on the main campus offered a special menu to mark Juneteenth: braised oxtail, baked sweet plantains, sautéed green cabbage and carrots and peppers, and coconut red beans and rice.