The Black Lives Matter Art Committee, a partnership between black community members, Artscape and the City of Pittsfield, announces art installations to kick-off the Juneteenth Weekend. Commemorative events ranging from a musical celebration of Black history to festivals and art celebrations are expected to take place throughout the weekend in Pittsfield.
The weekend begins with the unveiling of a mural by artist Frances Chlöe Jones-Whitman on the south side of the Adlib Building at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street. The mural is a Mount Rushmore depiction featuring local legends in the black community including: W.E.B. Dubois; Elizabeth Freeman; Samuel Harrison; Agrippa Hull; Frances Jones-Sneed; James Van Der Zee and Stephanie Wilson. The artist says that the mural is an homage to those who are past and presently doing great things and are a symbol of Black Excellence.
The Juneteenth celebrations continue throughout the weekend: