The Kelton House Museum and Garden will host a celebration of Juneteenth on June 19, 2021 from 2-6PM. At 3pm, a special talk will be given about the Hartway and Lawrence family history by Executive Director, Sarah Richardt. Create your own family flag and relax in the gardens, drinks will be provided and admission to the Kelton House will be free. A special viewing of Create Your Own History, an exhibit featuring portraits of the people that were involved in the Underground railroad, will also be available at the Kelton House Carriage House at 586 E. Town St., Columbus, Ohio at no charge. This temporary exhibit includes eight original portraits created by Catz and drawn completely on canvas with a Sharpie displayed in the original Carriage House of the Kelton House. This is Catz’ first museum exhibition of her work as well as a new genre. For more information or to donate to this exhibit, please visitkeltonhouse.com or contact us at [email protected] or phone, 614-464-2022.
Juneteenth is the Nation’s second Independence Day which began June 19, 1865 when Union Army general Gordon Granger marched into Galveston, TX backed by 2000 union troops and announced the freedom of all enslaved people, a full 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. The announcement brought both shock and joy to the now formally enslaved people. Today, the day is celebrated with barbeques and family gatherings, and keeping joy in the center of the commemoration.
Create Your Own History was created by a collaboration with the Kelton House Executive Director, Sarah Richardt and the native Columbus artist, Catherine “Catz” Stanford. After Sarah saw Catz’ work thru the Facebook page Columbus Black History, she asked Catz if she could create a series that highlights historic figures related to the underground railroad. Each subject changed not only their life, but also altered history by their actions. Frederick Douglass, Columbus Underground Railroad conductor Rev. James Poindexter, Professor Wilbur Seibert and Freedom Seeker Martha Hartway are a few of the subjects.
The Kelton House Museum and Garden, established in 1976 as a community service project of the Junior League of Columbus celebrates decorative arts and the history of Columbus through the eyes of the Kelton Family who lived in the home for three generations. As a site on the Underground Railroad, the stories of the Hartway/Lawrence family are also highlighted. Tours of the home are given multiple days per week as well as offering private tours, special events and weddings in our picturesque garden. For more information about volunteering, visiting or donor opportunities, visit keltonhouse.com, email [email protected] or phone 614-464-2022.
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