Juneteenth celebration showcases original play

The Juneteenth celebration at Earth Dance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, Missouri, spotlighted youth who performed an original play.  Community members gathered under an outdoor pavilion at Earth Dance for the Juneteenth celebration on June 19, 2021.

The evening’s highlight included a theatrical performance of “The Ancestors Cabinet,” a play written by Karon Majeel and performed by youth from the Strength and Honor summer camp. Glynis McManamon, RGS, designed the set for the performance.

Karen is the Artist in Residence at Good Shepherd Arts Center and has more than 30 years of experience crafting poetry and plays. The play for the 2021 Juneteenth celebration was about a magical cabinet that endows children with the spirit of ancestors when they pass through its door.

The performance represented 12 ancestors who were entrepreneurs in St. Louis. A live band followed the children’s performance and played into the night as people from the community celebrated Juneteenth to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.

Read more stories about Good Shepherd Arts Center’s community involvement in the province newsletter Items of Interest

Juneteenth celebration with cast of original play
L-R: Children’s summer camp leader Deborah Rice Carter, playwright Karon Majeel, Sister Glynis McManamon, and the performers of The Ancestor’s Cabinet — youth from Strength and Honor summer camp. Photo Jeanette McDermott
Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com