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Liberation & Light: Juneteenth Solstice Celebration

Join the Lower Shore Value-Aligned Partnership at Pemberton Historical Park for a day of reflection, celebration, and connection.

Our "Legacy Talk & Walk" will start at the amphitheater before guiding you through the park, where you'll discover the vibrant history of African American leaders of Salisbury. We will honor the lives and stories of those who once lived on this land, including the courageous spirits of former slaves. Juneteenth Solstice celebration on the Lower Eastern Shore As the sun reaches its peak on the summer solstice, we will gather in a Drumming Circle, creating a Sacred Circle to welcome positive energies and center ourselves in a season of healing. Feel the rhythm of the drums as we come together in unity and harmony. The day will also feature a water blessing & ceremony, a symbolic gesture of renewal and reverence for the past, present, and future. This is a family event, open to all ages, where we come together to learn, reflect, and celebrate the enduring legacy of resilience and freedom. Join us for "Liberation Light: Juneteenth & Solstice Celebration" at Pemberton Park, as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the future.

Note: For walking in the woods, please wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes as the paths are not paved and steep in some areas.

Please dress for the weather, pack gardening gloves, and bring a reusable water bottle. Water coolers to refill your bottle will be provided at this event. 

Please check this event page for information about inclement weather cancellation. Decision will be made by 12:00 PM on June 18th. 

Programming Schedule

Time Event Location Lead By
10:00am Welcome & Gathering Nature Center  
10:10am - 10:45am Garden Planting Raised Garden Beds by House Lisa Garfield, Research Director, Future Harvest
11:00am - 11:30am Legacy Talk & Walk Trails Field Amber Green, Executive Director/Founder, Fenix Youth Project, Inc.
11:30am - 12:00pm Poetry Reading Amphitheater Amber Green, Executive Director/Founder, & Community, Fenix Youth Project, Inc.
12:00pm - 1:00pm Sacred Circle & Drumming Field or Amphitheater (weather permitting)  Kelly McMullen, Director, The Delmarva Free School
1:00pm - 1:30pm Water Blessing & Offering Island Reverend Margaret Brack, St. Alban's Episcopal Church
1:30pm - 2:00pm Nature Talk & Walk to Tree Planting Island Matt Heim, Executive Director, Lower Shore Land Trust


This event has been organized through the Value-Aligned Partnership, which includes: Fenix Youth Project, the Delmarva Free School, Future Harvest, and Young Men of Distinction, and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. Plants donated from Williwaw Farm.

Will you come?