vera-farrington.jpgDELRAY BEACH — The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum’s fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration welcomed 110 guests and raised more than $2,500 for the Delray Beach cultural center on June 20 at Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel. “Many of our supporters, friends and partners were on hand for this fun summer party that recognized a very special date in the history of African-Americans and this country,” said Museum Director Charlene Jones.

“Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day since news of freedom fell on the 19th of June nearly 150 years ago.” It was the second of the season’s Third Thursday Fun-Raisers at Crane’s, said Cathy Balestriere, general manager of the Key West-style boutique hotel at 82 Gleason St. Upcoming benefit events include one on behalf of Genesis Community Health in Boynton Beach.

The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, at 170 N.W. Fifth Ave., is the only museum in Palm Beach County dedicated to sharing the African, Haitian- and Caribbean-American cultural contributions to Florida and the United States.

On May 17 the museum debuted its latest original exhibition, The Legacies of Delray Beach Families, on display through August, highlighting the matriarchs and patriarchs of the Spells, Quince, Edmonds, Mitchell and other pioneering area families.

In addition to members, sponsors of the museum include the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Palm Beach County, Tourist Development Council, and Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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•Picture AT JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION 2013: Vera Farrington and Gillian Ebanks-Knowles.