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Juneteenth: Freedom’s Song

Time: June 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Historic Academy Theatre
Cost: Free

Join us in a powerful celebration of freedom and culture at “Juneteenth: Freedom’s Song.” Under the exceptional music direction of Telly Tucker, the Juneteenth Coalition and the Academy Center of the Arts are thrilled to present an inspiring evening that intertwines music, spoken word, and reflection.

Juneteenth: Freedom’s Song” is a vibrant showcase featuring a sonic timeline of spirituals and gospel music that narrates the African American journey towards freedom. This event captures the profound essence of songs that have not only enriched the gospel genre but also significantly influenced the movement for freedom and equality in America. Admission is ticketed but free to the public.

Musical Direction by Telly Tucker: Experience the dynamic leadership of Telly Tucker, bringing together the most resonant and soul-stirring melodies.
Sonic Timeline: Journey through the pivotal moments of history with music that inspired generations.
Spoken Word Performances: Engage with powerful narratives and reflections that complement the musical performances, adding depth and context to the evening

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Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Visit the link above to reserve tickets. A maximum of 4 tickets can be reserved online; additional tickets can be reserved by contacting the Box Office.

This is a General Admission event. Seating selection is first come, first serve upon arrival.

For more information or for assistance reserving tickets to this performance, contact our Bank of the James Ticketing Office at (434) 846-8499.

Sponsored By:

Academy Center of the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

Know before you go:

Age Requirement

All patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for this event unless otherwise stated. All ages are welcome.

Camera Policy

Videography and audio recording during the performances are prohibited. Photography of the set on stage is allowed pre-show, post-show, and during intermission. But we do ask that you show our designers and visiting performers some love by crediting them (and by tagging us) in your social media posts.

Content Advisory

The Academy Center of the Arts offers a diverse selection of entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every guest or for all ages. Ticket buyers should take responsibility for making informed decisions regarding their purchases. We recommend visiting the official show website of each show you are coming to see at the Academy. If you ever have questions about the content or appropriateness of a show, please contact us at [email protected].

Doors Open

Our lobby doors open 60 minutes prior to show time. House doors open 30 minutes prior to show time for seating.

Parking & Directions

Parking is available on-site and throughout downtown Lynchburg. Our parking map (linked below) shows all of the free public and paid parking available. In addition, street parking is also available on most streets.

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Ticketing Policies

Ticketing purchases are non-refundable. By purchasing a ticket to an event at The Academy Center of the Arts, you are agreeing to our ticketing policy. View our full ticketing policy.


Want to volunteer and see this show for free? Contact Mele Thompson, [email protected]for more information.