Library will host Juneteenth gathering

Learn all about Juneteenth and its connection to Berlin Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.

Sponsored by B.E.A.T. (Berlin Equity Action Team), the event will feature music by Sienna Alexis, book displays, coloring for children, educational presentations, refreshments, and more.

Speaker lineup

Steven Harris, 12 p.m. A Vietnam veteran and retired Hartford Fire Department captain, Harris is a passionate humanitarian and the recipient of many community accolades.

A life-long Hartford resident, Harris noticed changes in his city after returning home from the war in 1970.

He witnessed “suburban flight” of his middle- and working-class neighbors. And the shift coincided with the building of I-84.

Harris will discuss his lived experiences, what Juneteenth means to him, and the “different worlds” of Connecticut’s urban and suburban communities.

Berlin Historical Society, 12:30 p.m. Hear about Berlin’s rich abolitionist history dating back to the mid 1800s.

Recent research has uncovered the town’s ties to the Underground Railroad.

In fact, Mayor Mark Kaczynski recently signed a proclamation recognizing the Milo Hotchkiss house and its role in sheltering people escaping the hardships of slavery.

A representative from the Berlin Historical Society will discuss its prized exhibit, the Wide Awakes Lantern, which remains an enduring symbol of the political and social movement to elect Abraham Lincoln and abolish slavery in 1860.

The Amistad Story, 12:45 p.m. A representative from Discovering Amistad will present an overview of the story of the Amistad and hold a dialogue on racial injustice today.

Those interested in attending the speaker portion of the day should register via or by calling 860-828-7126.

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