Historic photograph of Pope family on porch

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Emancipation with the Pope Family

Join us June 18-20 to celebrate the legacy of Emancipation at the Pope House Museum, the historic home of Dr. Manassa T. Pope and his family.

To celebrate the anniversary of the final proclamation of freedom to some of the last enslaved people in the United States on June 19, 1865, the Pope House Museum will be hosting a three-day long celebration of Emancipation Day and its legacy in North Carolina featuring rare artifacts, special guest speakers, exclusive guided tours, and weekend-long activity stations.

All presentations, walking tours, and self-guided tours are unticketed and free to the public. Discounted Parking is available near the Pope House Museum at 124 E Cabarrus Street, courtesy of McLaurin Parking.

Schedule

Friday, June 18 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All Day

  • Juneteenth Children's Craft Table
  • Genealogy with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

11 a.m. 

  • Exploring the Birth of Raleigh’s Post-Civil War African American Communities with Wanda Cox-Bailey

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Informational Table from the Omicron Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

12 p.m.

  • Rediscovering Dr. Pope’s Neighborhood Guided Walking Tour with Dane Clark

1 p.m.

  • Presentation by award-winning children’s book author and 2021 Piedmont Laureate, Kelly Starling Lyons

2 p.m.

  • Makings of a Museum: Exploring the Pope House Collection

Saturday, June 19 - Juneteenth, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Day

  • Juneteenth Children’s Craft Table
  • Genealogy with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

10 a.m.

  • Exploring the Birth of Raleigh’s Post-Civil War African American Communities with Wanda Cox-Bailey

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Informational Table from the Omicron Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

11 a.m.

  • Rediscovering Dr. Pope’s Neighborhood Guided Walking Tour with Dane Clark

12 p.m.

  • Certificate of Freedom: A Special Viewing and Presentation of Original 1851 Freedman Papers by Chaitra Powell and the UNC Wilson Library

2 p.m.

  • “The Foreshadowing of a People: Reflections from the Past” by Michael Connor, a tribute to Great Black Orators

3 p.m.

  • Makings of a Museum: Exploring the Pope House Collection

Sunday, June 20 -  12 to 4 p.m.

All Day

  • Juneteenth Children’s Craft Table

1 p.m.

  • Rediscovering Dr. Pope’s Neighborhood Guided Walking Tour with Dane Clark

2 p.m.

  • “The Emancipation Experience” presented by Ernest Dollar, Director of Pope House Museum and City of Raleigh Museum

3 p.m.

  • Makings of a Museum: Exploring the Pope House Collection