'Freedom' musical theater to celebrate Juneteenth

On Juneteenth Brownbox theater will debut "Freedom," a one-act musical theater performance created by two of Seattle's premier African-American theater companies in the Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., lobby, noon-1 p.m. June 19

Directed by Tyrone Brown, artistic director of Brownbox Theatre, and co-written by four female artists from the Mahogany Project, "Freedom" features original songs by soul singer Felicia Loud and poetic narration by Melissa Noelle Greene.

"Freedom" was inspired by the events of Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had an effective date of Jan. 1, 1863, it had little immediate effect on most slaves' day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on Galveston Island to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

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