Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Details

Event information

  • Organizer: AAMHS
  • Date: 18 June 2022
  • Time: 10AM to 2PM
  • Location: USAF Armament Museum, Eglin AFB
  • Address: 100 Museum Drive, Eglin AFB FL 32542
  • Email: aamh.society@gmail.com

African American Military Heritage Society to Host Second Annual

Juneteenth Celebration at Air Force Armament Museum

The African American Military Heritage Society (AAMHS) will host its Second Annual Juneteenth Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Air Force Armament Museum, 100 Museum Drive. There is no charge to attend, and the public is invited.

The event will include an art exhibit by renowned Atlanta artist Robert West, live music by Mr. Devon and Mrs. Crystal Smith, displays and more.

A retired U.S. Air Force veteran, West is an award-winning artist. He exhibits his paintings at railroad-related events across the country and is also a researcher and visual historian of North American railroads. West describes himself as a Southern Artist that recognizes not only America’s physical beauty, but the magnificent landscapes and environment of the South. He says his goal is for his art to convey realism and emotionalism by challenging the viewer to use all senses to appreciate a special moment in time.

Food and refreshments will be available outside the museum during the event. This event will also build support for the new African American Military Heritage Hall that will highlight the history and accomplishments of U.S. African American veterans from the Revolutionary War to the present. This hall will be one of four halls to be located next to the museum’s main building.

The AAMHS, a non-profit 501 (3)(c) organization, preserves the legacy and promotes the growth of African American military history, mentors and educates youth, and grows educational opportunities for students in the Florida panhandle through fundraising endeavors.

Juneteenth (Juneteenth National Independence Day) was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans, and celebrates African-American culture. According to information from Wikipedia, Juneteenth originated on June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. On that day, the Union Army announced General Order No. 3 that proclaimed freedom for enslaved people in Texas, the last Confederate state that had institutional slavery. Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19th in various parts of the country since 1865.

For more information on this event, contact Jonathan Holmes Sr., at 850-603-3099 or email: holmes.jnp@gmail.com; Jonathan Holmes Jr., at jonathan.holmes9@us.af.mil; or Ms. Allison Morris, AAMHS public affairs director, at 850-774-7084 or visit aamh.society@gmail.com.