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Explore West 9th Street’s Past and Present at Juneteenth Celebration

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Saturday, June 17,  join us at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration to explore the history and future of Little Rock’s West 9th Street. As part of the day-long event featuring activities, food and entertainment for the entire community, a free screening of AETN original documentary “Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” will be held in the center’s ballroom at 2 p.m.

Watch with us to explore the history of Little Rock, Arkansas’s, West 9th Street, a once vibrant, African-American business and entertainment district. The film describes how the district was formed as a result of emancipation, beginning with the creation of what was first known as Blissville, how it evolved and the implications of federal programs — such as Urban Renewal, school desecration, the Housing Act of 1949 and the Eisenhower Interstate Program — ultimately impacted its landscape.

“Dream Land” seeks to recognize, memorialize and share this history, and celebrates the spirit and hard work of the entrepreneurs who built Wet 9th Street and the patrons who brought the area to life. You can continue explore West 9th Street’s story after the screening with a visit to Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s exhibit “A City Within a City” and through a variety of events on West 9th Street as part of Juneteenth. Find a full schedule of events at  AETN will continue the conversation on a national level with a screening of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK” at 4 p.m. in the museum’s ballroom.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

“Dream Land: Little Rock’s West 9th Street” Screening, 2 p.m.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Third-floor Ballroom

501 West 9th Street, Little Rock