A celebration of triumph, spirituality, and gospel music takes place at Plymouth Church this Sunday, June 9th at 7pm, with the 144th Juneteenth festivities.
Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the U.S. (Though this particular celebration is on June 9th, it’s typically held on June 19th, therefore: “Juneteenth.”) According to Plymouth Church’s site, it was the “Grand Central Depot” of the Underground Railroad, where, according to several works, runaway slaves sought refuge before making their way to Canada. The statue of Henry Ward Beecher, the church’s first minister and avowed abolitionist (and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin), stands at Plymouth Church today.
This event will feature gospel music from Brooklyn’s own Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, as well as The Welcome Wagon (produced by Sufjan Stevens).
Tickets are available online, and are $20 ($25 at the door).
Plymouth Church is located at 57 Orange St.