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Juneteenth: A Day Of Freedom For Slaves - Stephen Satterfield Speaks At Zingerman's Roadhouse

Jun 19, 2019

Stephen Satterfield
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June 19th is a special day in American history known as ‘Juneteenth.’

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry reports on one local observation featuring a special guest…


Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States dating back to 1865.

Food and wine expert Stephen Satterfield will speak Wednesday at Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor about Juneteenth, a day of freedom for slaves in Texas and about African-American foodways.  He says there are special food dishes tied to the holiday.

“We’re talking about Texas, so barbecue is a really prevalent way of celebrating.  There are always red-themed food items.  That’s part of the commemoration of the blood of enslaved men in the Civil War,” Satterfield says.

Satterfield is known for talking about food as a way to explore the human condition and says paying attention can be transformative.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu