History — June 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

EvenSong for Freedom #5 – July 25

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Definitivo Poster Juneteenth 2019

There’s more than one Independence Day in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced that slaves were now free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as Juneteenth across the nation. Here’s what you should know about the historic event and celebration.
 
The June 19 announcement came more than two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, so technically, from the Union’s perspective, the 250,000 slaves in Texas were already free—but none of them were aware of it, and no one was in a rush to inform them.
 
These FlorenceGospel Choir School and The Florence Gospel Fellowship International present five EvenSong events to remember this important day. It is significant not only for Americans but for all oppressed people around the world
 
EvenSong #1 – June 19 : Retraces the original declaration with readings by Rev. Nehemiah H. Brown and Eusebio De Cristofaro with songs by the “River Voices” under the direction of Maestro Brown. “Whom the Son has set free is free indeed.
 
EvenSong #2 – June 20 – “The Day After ..” –
Featuring vocals by Kavinya Monthe Ndumbu, The River Voices,
e Franco Mezzi, trumpet.
 
EvenSong #3 – June 27, “Leave it There.” Featuring Federico Riondino, The River Voices with Spirituals and songs of the South, Readings by Eusebio De Cristofaro
 
EvenSong #4 – “He’s An OnTime God!”,
The Negro Speak of Rivers, Eusebio De Cristofaro, readings
Featuring vocals by Ilaria Fabbroni e Chiara Francini
The River Voices directed by Maestro Nehemiah H. Brown
 
EvenSong #5 – ” I sing Because I’m Free..” Featuring vocals by Savanna Hagerty and the River Voices, Readings by Artistic Director, Eusebio De Cristofaro
Free Admission

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