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Juneteenth celebrations planned in Sewickley

Bobby Cherry
| Friday, June 13, 2014, 2:51 p.m.

Juneteenth events are planned June 13 and 14 in Sewickley.

Events are organized through the Sewickley Community Center.

Friday, June 13

• 2-6 p.m. — Self-guided Walking Tour: “African Americans in Sewickley Valley” pamphlets available for purchase at Wolcott Park, Broad and Beaver streets, Sewickley; Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Sewickley Public Library will have activity tables

• 4 p.m. — Film screening and conversations with Martin Delaney and Sojourner Truth, played by Betty Asche Douglas and Wali Jamal on the legacy of these two iconic historical figures Sewickley Public Library community room, 500 Thorn St., Sewickley

• 6 p.m. — Reenactment of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and living history performance with John Ford and the United States Colored Troops, Rick Miller as Abraham Lincoln, Wali Jamal as Martin Delaney, Betty Asche Douglas as Sojourner Truth and Cub Scout troops at Wolcott Park, Broad & Beaver Streets, Sewickley

Saturday, June 14

Sewickley Community Center

• 9 a.m. — Welcome reception

• 10 a.m. to Noon — Panel discussion: “Legacy, What will be ours?” moderated by Soul Pitt head writer, Bonita Penn with panelists Wayne Murphy, mayor of Edgeworth mayor; long time Sewickley residents, Suzanne Rideout and Barbara Williams; Otis E. McAliley; Quaker Valley 2014 graduates Zoe Stanley and Addison Gould; artist and educator Betty Douglas Asche; Daniel B. Matthews Historical Society member Alan Miliner; trans-ethnic adoptive mother Rebecca Fitchl; and Shawn Owens of the Aliquippa Council of Men and Fathers/Fatherhood Initiative

• Noon — Dedication ceremony for the renovated Sewickley Community Center gym

• 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Open swim at community center pool

• 1 to 3 p.m. — Dang Wilson tennis clinics for ages 8 and up. Wilson is a certified tennis instructor with more than 30 years experience in the field

Juneteenth honors a series of events beginning when Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops announced that enslaved men and women were freed.

“Although it would take some time for racial freedom to be fully realized, a legacy had been born,” Sewickley Community Center leaders posted on the organization's Facebook event page . “While we celebrate the legendary figures who made this dream a reality, we should consider what our combined contributions will be, and what we will be leaving behind.”

Friday road closure, bus detour

From about 4 to 9 p.m., Broad Street from Thorn Street to Beaver Street will close. This closure will detour Port Authority's route 21 bus .

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or

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