Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

What is Juneteenth, and why is it important?

At the end of the Civil War, though slavery was technically illegal in all states, it still persisted in the last bastions of the Confederacy. This was the case when Union General Gordon Granger marched his troops into Galveston, Texas on June 19th and announced that all enslaved people there were officially free.
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Martha Stewart’s Classic Key Lime Pie

Take a trip down south to the Florida Keys with Martha Stewart’s classic Key Lime Pie recipe!
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3 minute guided meditation

Try this short 3-minute meditation to help with anxiety, depression, and everyday stress.
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The National Gallery’s Art Talk

Watch this short video talk about the artist Botticelli and how he revolutionized Renaissance portraiture.
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Upcoming Alexandria Library and Other Events

Common Ground Virginia History Book Group – Driving Home Naked – Tuesday, June 18: 6:00pm – 7:30pm –  Virtual – Zoom

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture.
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Summer Film Series – “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” – Thursday, June 20: 2:00pm – 4:00pm –  Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library – Meeting Room

Celebrate summer by joining us for a 2022 film based on a 1958 novel about the story of a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress.
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National Juneteenth Holiday – Wednesday, June 19, 1:30 p.m. -Market Square, 301 King Street – Free

Join the Office of Historic Alexandria’s Division of African American History for storytelling and music that celebrate Juneteenth and African American heritage. The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices will present a lively, interactive concert featuring traditional music, dance, and spoken word that celebrates Juneteenth, local stories, history, and the enduring legacy of the African American quest for freedom and equality.
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