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Gospel Choir, Rap Artist, Good Food and More at the 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration in African American Museum in Montgomery Township, Saturday, June 15

Montgomery News Staff | Posted June 10, 2024

Skillman, NJ – The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM), Central New Jersey’s only museum sharing the history of African Americans since the trans-Atlantic Slave trade, will hold its third annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 15, from 12 pm to 4 pm (rain or shine). 

Event Highlights:

  • Location: National Historic Register-listed Mt. Zion AME Church and historic True Farmstead in Skillman, NJ.

  • Features: Live gospel music, dancing, original performances, local artisans, games and creative workshops for all ages, and delicious cuisine, including vegan options.

Featured Artists,Storytellers, and Exhibitions:

  • Rap Artist: Dayne Carter

  • SSAAM 13 member Gospel Choir

  • Candance Ray and the Band - Gospel

  • Interactive Praise Dance Workshop Leader: Tomia MacQueen

  • Authors & SSAAM Founders: Beverly Mills & Elaine Buck

  • Award-Winning Author: Dr. Isabela Morales

  • Actor & Poet: Olivia Altidor

  • Featured Exhibition: "Art of the Witness Stones Project," featuring student artwork from Timberlane Middle School's 8th-grade classes that honors the lives of three enslaved individuals from Hopewell

  • Tours of the historic True Farmstead, Mr. Zion AME church, and heritage garden

Juneteenth "Freedom Forward" Celebration:

This year’s theme, "Freedom Forward," will explore the power and influence of gospel music. Join us for a day filled with outstanding music, interactive workshops, and enriching experiences that celebrate African American freedom, resilience, culture, and history.

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum Skillman NJ

Juneteenth is celebrated across Central New Jersey, but there’s nothing like experiencing it with the SSAAM community. This event provides a wonderful opportunity for SSAAM to connect with new friends and supporters while sharing our future-focused mission and important history.

Event sponsors include: the Somerset Patriots, Penn Medicine, Princeton University Art Museum, Genmab, and Bloomberg Corporation. This event is also made possible by a generous Preserving Black Churches grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as many local artists, businesses, and organizations.

For more information on how to sponsor SSAAM’s Juneteenth “Freedom Forward,” secure a vendor table, and purchase tickets visit

Adult admission: 

$35 at the venue

Children 14 and under: 

$25 at the venue



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