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Dr. Walter Greason speaks about the history of Juneteenth
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Michelle Lewis & Gloria Douglas
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Michelle Lewis explains her work

    The T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center was a stop as marchers commemorated the new federal and New Jersey state holiday of Juneteenth. The center was packed as the audience listened to a fiery speech by historian and civil rights leader Dr. Walter Greason.

     On the front lawn, Dr. Greason reflected on the purchase of the house, in 1901, by  T. Thomas Fortune. The deal occurred, at a time when race covenants prevented white property owners from selling to Black buyers. 

     Later, the crowd gathered inside for the a presentation and a look at the center's latest exhibit, The Fabric of Our Lives: A Textile Cultural Experience, on display until the fall.