The Hermitage to commemorate Juneteenth with history program, genealogy workshop

Historian Dr. Crystal deGregory will talk to vistiors about emancipation in Tennessee.

Historian Dr. Crystal deGregory will talk to vistiors about emancipation in Tennessee.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage will host a Juneteenth event and genealogy workshop this Sunday, June 18 from noon until 5 at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Hermitage, TN 37076.

The purpose of the event is to commemorate the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when word finally reached the westernmost frontier of Texas that the Civil War had ended and slavery in the United States was abolished.

The Juneteenth program will feature stories of the men and women who were enslaved at and emancipated from Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. Visitors will also have the opportunity to speak with historian Dr. Crystal deGregory about emancipation in Tennessee and how the abolition of slavery took place in different ways across the country.

The Juneteenth program is a part of The Hermitage’s Sundays LIVE! weekly program series and is free with general admission to the presidential home.

In addition to the Juneteenth program, The Hermitage will also host a free genealogy workshop in partnership with the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). The workshop will begin at 2 p.m. with a session about researching African-American ancestry from Taneya Koonce of the Nashville chapter of the AAHGS. Following the session, experts from the AAHGS will offer individual consultations with attendees. This free workshop does not require purchase of general admission to The Hermitage.

The program is free with cost of admission ($10 – $20) and the genealogy workshop is free.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage is one of the largest, most well-preserved and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Opened to the public in 1889, The Hermitage is one of America’s first presidential museums.

Today, The Hermitage is a 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark with 27 historic buildings, including Jackson’s mansion and tomb, restored slave cabins, a church, and gardens.

In recent years, new interpretive initiatives and educational programs such as archaeology and the history of slavery, as well as Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm, a new state-of-the-art exhibit that delves into the life of Andrew Jackson, including his military and presidential careers, have enriched the site experience for 180,000 visitors annually.

For more information about events at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, visit www.thehermitage.com/events.