The Idaho Black History Museum will mark the end of slavery with a special celebration Saturday afternoon.
The Juneteenth Celebration will include storytelling, crafts and activities designed to highlight education and the achievements of African Americans throughout history.
Co-sponsored by St. Paul Baptist Church, the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds at Julia Davis Park.
The museum has recently faced troubles
of its own, as financial issues forced the board of directors to lay off museum staff and cut hours down to just one day a week11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The board is working to come up with a strategic action plan, and hopes to expand hours at the museum, the only one of its kind in the West.
Saturday will be a happier occasion though, with stories, crafts and activities for children and performances by the St. Paul Choir, the Algapae Church Choir and the Algapae Step Choir.
The museum will also open the doors for its exhibits, 200 Years of the History of Blacks in Idaho, Citizens for Change: From Dred Scott to Martin Luther King and the final two weeks of original portraits of World War II Medal of Honor winners.