Artwork by Mazza artist, Floyd Cooper.
June 19, is a day to recognize the freedom of the last enslaved people in America. It was on this day in 1865 that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, reached the western-most part of the United States making all people in America free.
In celebration of Juneteenth, several local organizations will be hosting artwork from Mazza Museum’s “Miles of Bravery: The Underground Railroad through Picture Books” exhibit. Each location will have art and books from the collection as well as family-friendly activities.
This event is a self-guided tour through 7 locations throughout Findlay. It is open to the public, family-friendly, and free.
- Black Heritage Library & Multicultural Center
- Findlay Art League
- Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
- Hancock Historical Museum
- Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
- Mazza Museum
- Paint & Partake
Brown Bag Lecture: Underground Railroad Expert Cathy Nelson
Kick off the event by attending a Lunch and Learn with Cathy Nelson. Cathy Nelson is a retired Columbus City Schools teacher and Founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, will deliver a lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. Ms. Nelson has testified to Congress on behalf of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1997, and she and her extensive research have won numerous awards and widespread recognition.
The day’s activities, including Ms. Nelson’s lecture, are free and open to the public. Box lunches during the lunchtime lecture will be available for purchase in advance. Register for the lecture and preorder your lunch if desired. Learn more and register here.