Juneteenth Youth Literary Arts Workshops

The South East Rural Community Outreach organization in Hopkins will present their annual Juneteenth festival on the property of the historic Harriet Barber House on Saturday, June 22, 2024. The event will include presentations by authors and historians as well as other cultural offerings. Additionally, there will be four follow-up workshops over the summer for up to 20 youth, ages 10 – 17. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

The theme of the 2024 Juneteenth event is “From a Whisper to a Shout.” The festival takes place on the grounds of the Historic Harriet Barber House, located at 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061. The event will include live music from local, regional, & national recording artists, vendors, food trucks, exhibits, artists, authors, kids activities, literary art fest, shuttles to the Congaree National Park, the “Set In Stone Farm Exhibit” and more! Celebrated South Carolina artist and author Jonathan Green will present at 1:00 p.m. The works and performances will illustrate the historical significance of Juneteenth. Learn more about the event: https://www.juneteenthcelebrationhopkins.com/.

Additionally, four follow up workshops for youth ages 10-17 will be held focused on writing skills with the Juneteenth theme. Selected authors and artists will be invited back, virtually or in-person, to provide guidance for young historians with assistance from teachers. The workshops will take place in July and August and will focus on history, genealogy, creative writing, and art, featuring speakers like celebrated artist Jonathan Green, author and historian Dr. Kim Long, artist Wilma King, author Carol Goodson, and author and genealogist John Middleton. Participating students will be encouraged and guided in making creative projects that will be displayed at the community’s annual Congaree Swampfest in October 2024. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Veronica Primus at 803-719-1871.

South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) is dedicated to historic preservation, conservation and enhancing communities within the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor. SERCO continually strives to create partnerships within the Lower Richland area to provide charitable, educational, enrichment, and scientific programs to strengthen and expand the capacity of the community for a better quality of life for its residents. Learn more: http://www.sercosc.org/.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.