Juneteenth Celebration at Bradley Academy

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The community comes together for Bradley Academy Museum's Juneteenth Celebration and the 100 anniversary of the school.

Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Celebrated on June 19, the word is a portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth.” And, in celebration of this momentous day, everyone is invited to Bradley Academy Museum for it’s Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Listen to storytellers, enjoy live music, spoken word, artists and even food vendors. Admission to the event is free!

Bradley Academy Museum is located at 415 S. Academy St., Murfreesboro.

Bradley Academy

Built in 1806, Bradley Academy was the first school for education of white males only. In 1884, African American students, males and females, were allowed to attend school. The current structure was built in 1917 and opened as the new school for African American students in 1918 and Rutherford County’s first. Today, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center houses an original classroom, a Civil War exhibit, and an Early Settlers for the City of Murfreesboro and the County of Rutherford exhibit. You can tour the museum Tue – Sat from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Cost for tours is $5 adults, $3 students, $1 ages 12 and younger.

Call 615-962-8773 or visit murfreesborotn.gov/874/Bradley-Academy-Museum-and-Cultural-Cent.

Kiera Ashford is associate editor of Nashville Parent and mother of three.

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