MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF ELI LILLY AND COMPANY FOUNDATION
COME SEE, TASTE, CELEBRATE AND EXPERIENCE FOR YOURSELF HOW BLACK CUISINE ADDS FLAVOR TO AMERICA’S FAVORITE FOODS.
Join us for this inaugural Juneteenth Foodways Festival that was inspired by an exceptional event. After the 23rd president of the United States took office in 1889, he made some important changes. He modernized the White House with the installation of electricity. He hired the first woman onto his professional administrative staff. And he fired the French chef working in the White House, and invited renowned Black caterer and chef Dolly Johnson to bring All-American cuisine to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Juneteenth Foodways Festival, made possible through the generosity of Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, features an interactive food experience highlighting the hidden history of diverse Hoosiers from the 1860s-1890s from the perspective of African-Americans. It shares Black foodways contributions to American culture with a focus on Dolly Johnson, the White House Chef hired by President Harrison.
Dolly Johnson brought to life through an reenactment in partnership with Freetown Village.
With a wide array of some of Indianapolis’ most delectably diverse food offerings, this event will incorporate Black restaurants and entrepreneurship through Black cuisine and program partnerships with historically Black non-profit partners, and shares the importance of Juneteenth, and interconnects to the 2022 exhibit on Harrison and Civil Rights. It will become the most prominent and public-facing of our equity outreach programs committed to meaningful, authentic, mission-driven engagement with our core community.
We are excited to announce our partners:
Black Leaf Vegan
David Williams- Author
Drip Small Batch Ice Cream
Gip Got Tips
Guys Cooking Creation
Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Program
Market Square Popcorn
Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Taste Of Luv by Dee
The Coney Lady
Get out early and experience our HAPPY HOUR from 4:00pm-5:30pm. During Happy Hour you can purchase both small bites and full priced items from all your favorite partners!
Any questions? Please reach out to the Special Events and Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.Buy Tickets
“The emancipation proclamation was heard in the depths of the earth as well as in the sky; men were made free, and material things became our better servants.” Benjamin Harrison
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The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site will be closing at 1:00pm Wednesday, February 2, and will remain closed all day on Thursday, February 3 due to inclement weather conditions. Please check back for updates about Friday, February 4.
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