Juneteenth Celebration “Spirit of Harriet Tubman” – June 18, 2022 @ Heritage Hall, 83 Essex St, Guelph

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The Guelph Black Heritage Society continues its #ChangeStartsNow Anti-Racism Education initiative with the annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2022 at 7:30pm.  The GBHS will present Leslie McCurdy’s “The Spirit of Harriet Tubman” at the Heritage Hall, 83 Essex Street, Guelph.

There are many plays about Harriet Tubman, but none share her entire life story like a visit with The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Leslie McCurdy invokes the ‘spirit’ of Harriet Tubman as she portrays the life of the famous Underground Railroad conductor, recreating stories familiar and some rarely told, using words said to have been Harriet Tubman¹s own. Through it all we learn of the faith and conviction that drove Harriet Tubman to follow her dreams; the spirit of the past connecting with the present, inspiring her charges to have the courage to do the same in envisioning their future.

Juneteenth is a 156-year-old commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. We observe it on June 19th to memorialize the day in 1865 when, in Galveston, Texas, many enslaved Black folks were informed of the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This official enforcement actually came late, as it had been well over two years since the signing of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.  While Juneteenth marks a significant day in Black history and a day of remembrance, it is also an opportunity to honour and celebrate Black history, heritage and culture.

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets $20 each.  To purchase tickets:

Leslie McCurdy was the recipient of the 2014 and 2000 Mayor’s Awards for “Artist of the Year” and “Outstanding Performing Artist” of Windsor Ontario and has forged her career entertaining audiences internationally.  Leslie obtained an honours B.F.A. in dance with teaching certification from the University of Michigan, then served as choreographer and teaching assistant to Judith Jamison of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre for several of her Detroit residencies.   Leslie is also a successful playwright, having written four one-woman plays, three of which she performs by herself.

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