Exhibit & Jazz Heritage Concert
The second Iowa Juneteenth Museum Exhibit will
be on display in the atrium of the Iowa State Historical
Building, 600 E. Locust, Des Moines, during operational
hours beginning at 10:00 am on May 21 and running
through the end of the business day on June 18.
The exhibit contains historical content of interest to
all Iowans. A timeline provides information about the
start of slavery in America; the Emancipation
Proclamation; the first Juneteenth celebration 146 years ago;
the first Iowa Juneteenth Observance 21 years ago, and
how Iowa legislation was passed and signed into law,
nine years ago, establishing the third Saturday in June
of every year as ‘Juneteenth Freedom Day’ in our state.
Bring the entire family out to enjoy this educational
opportunity and take pride in Iowa’s history!
Free admission and open to the public.
Jazz Heritage Concert
Jazz Heritage Concert educates Iowans on the historic
role that African Americans played in creating the Jazz
genre of musical fine arts.
annual concert will recognize Iowa Jazz great, and hall
of fame artist, Ernest ‘Speck’ Redd. Redd will receive a
national lifetime achievement award from Rev. Ronald V.
Myers, MD, Chairman of the National Juneteenth
Observance Foundation, who is also an accomplished jazz
Heritage Concert will feature national and Iowa jazz
musicians, to include jazz musicians from local high
schools. An important focus of the Jazz Heritage Concert
is to bring attention to the declining number of African
American youth entering jazz education programs. A jazz
education scholarship will be provided to an African
American student interested in jazz education this year.
The Jazz Heritage Concert
will begin at noon on May 21 in the auditorium of the
Iowa State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust, Des
Bring the entire family!
Free and open to the public.
King Cole (left)
with 'Speck' Redd
with 'Speck Redd'