Staying #GlobalFromHome: Juneteenth

by Stranger’s Guide

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union army soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. It came almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and the day is now observed nationwide. It received a major boost in 1968, when, shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, his Poor People’s Campaign held a Solidarity Day in Washington, D.C. on Juneteenth. And this year it resonates particularly loudly as Black Lives Matter protests continue to demand change across the country. Stay #GlobalFromHome by learning about the history of slavery and resistance in America through interactive exhibits, film and archival documents.

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In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander explores the many ways Black Americans continue to struggle for freedom post-emancipation. She writes: “The criminal justice system was strategically employed to force African Americans back into a system of extreme repression and control, a tactic that would continue to prove successful for generations to come.” Buy the book to read more.



This digital memorial—a multi-institution project based at Emory University—focuses on the trans-Atlantic slave trade and includes maps, a digital 3D rendering of a slave ship and a visceral time-lapse of the movement of slave ships across the Atlantic.




In January 1839, 53 African slaves bound for Cuba on the cargo ship Amistad revolted against their captors. Led by a 25-year-old slave named Sengbe Pieh (or “Cinque” to his Spanish captors), they killed most of the crew and began the journey back to their homeland in West Africa. The ship was eventually seized by US authorities and the slaves charged with piracy and murder. The resulting court case, the subject of this free documentary, would change the course of history.


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Björn to be Wild

According to the Moscow Goes Out website (which describes itself as a “culinary concierge that guides you to the best restaurants in Moscow”) Swedish restaurant Björn is a trendy gourmet eatery on Pyatnitskaya ul that brings a taste of Scandinavia to the Russian capital. It serves a menu dedicated to wild-sourced ingredients including salmon, herring and venison, and is said to be a hidden gem. The website Rad Russia said the designer of its minimalistic interior “obviously drew inspiration from the grayish winter sky above the storming seas.” Swedish influence in Russia dates back to the 8th century, when Scandinavian people traded along the rivers between the Black and Baltic Seas.

Relations between the two countries today are strained due to incursions by Russian warplanes in Swedish airspace, and a rift over the poisoning of Russian dissidents in the UK.