First Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 19 at 6 PM – 10 PM


“Juneteenth” or June 19th is one of three important times each summer to the Black community. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring that “all persons held as slaves…are declared free.” But it didn’t happen that way.

It was the third year of a bloody, Civil War and part of what was at stake was the outcome of that war in territories in the west, especially in Texas. Would Texas be won from Mexico and become a state in the United States? More importantly, would it become a slave holding state or would it be declared a free state? On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Grainger landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War was over and that all enslaved people were now free! The landing of this regiment meant that there were finally enough Union troops to hold in place, President Lincoln’s Executive Order of emancipation. The decision was made and “Juneteenth” became the oldest, nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.


Music • MLK Essay Contest Winners • Prizes • Community Award Winners 

Keynote Speaker: Renee Kessler,  Executive Director of Beck Culture Center, Knoxville, TN 

Time : Doors open at 7:00 am, Breakfast Program starts at 7:30 am. 

Place: First United Methodist Church, Morristown, TN

Ticket Price: $15.00 ($10.00 for students and Veterans)   Tickets can be bought at the door.

January 31st – February 3, 2020

As an opening to Black History Month, Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity, Hamblen County Schools, From Africa to Appalachia and the Morristown Senior Center are partnering to bring Joan Browning to Morristown in a return visit, Ms. Browning was involved in sit-ins and was a Freedom Rider in 1961. Over a four day period, from January 31st – February 3, 2020, Ms Browning will visit several schools, Walters State Community College, 1st United Methodist Church and other gatherings at which she will speak about her experiences as a college student who was deeply invested in the Civil Rights Movement of the early 1960’s.

January 24, 2020

On January 24, 2020, Rose Center invites Lakeway residents to immerse themselves in the vibrant sounds of the Middle East with a Music at the Rose performance by Sawt al-Wadi, formerly known as the University of Tennessee Middle East Ensemble, directed by ensemble member, Dr. Lillie Gordon.

Regarding the concert, Dr. Gordon continues, “Audiences can expect to hear a combination of vocal and instrumental pieces from different countries and communities in the region. Our group features a combination of historic Arab instruments, such as the ‘ud (short-necked lute) and darabukkah (goblet-shaped drum), and European instruments such as the violin and accordion. Our repertoire includes everything from songs featured in classic movies to art pieces to contemporary popular songs. Some of our repertoire is intended for careful listening, while other pieces are vivacious and may even inspire our audience members to dance.”

Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance through 5 PM, January 23rd, then $12 at the door. The concert will take place in Prater Hall with table seating. Guests are permitted to bring their favorite beverages and delicious snacks. Music at the Rose is generously supported by the Friends of Music at the Rose and a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Inquiries should be directed to the Rose Center Business Office, 423-581-4330.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM

Community Room at Rose Center