Expressions of Freedom

June 09, 2022

To kick off Canton’s Juneteenth Celebrations, The Canton Public Library is hosting an exhibit of photographs entitled “Expressions of Freedom” curated by Canton’s Phyllis Dean. Phyllis is the Project Director of Lincoln Colored School and the organizer of Canton’s first Juneteenth Celebration in June 2021. She will be exhibiting photos new and old which portray expressions of freedom that she has taken and collected over the years. The photographs will be on display during the month of June.
All are invited to meet Phyllis at the library on Friday, June 10 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. She will discuss her photographs and share her experiences in bringing her vision to Canton. She is passionate about teaching children the value of education, and says that true freedom only comes with education. She often shares her favorite quotes by Frederick Douglass, including “Some know the value of education by having it. I know its value by not having it” and “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty.”

Also on display will be photographs of 2021’s Juneteenth Celebration taken by Matt Parker.

The library is located at 403 Lewis St. in Canton, MO and is open Tuesday through Friday 9 AM - 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM. Visit the library at, on Facebook at Your Canton Public Library, or call 573-288-5279.