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Juneteenth Celebrations Across the South

Observed on June 19, Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. More than two years after the President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally received news of their freedom in 1865.

Events take place across the country in June to celebrate Black liberation and achievement, so you can likely find one near you. This list is by no means exhaustive, so feel free to comment below or alert us to Juneteenth events and celebrations across the South we might have missed.

Alabama

Inaugural Juneteenth Jubilee
June 12-17, 2018
Hosted by the City of Prichard
Various locations in Prichard, Alabama
Website

2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hosted by Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University
Montgomery Street between Lee and Molton | Montgomery, Alabama
Website

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Hosted by Scottsboro Boys Museum & Cultural Center
428 W. Willow St. | Scottsboro, Alabama
Website

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Hosted by Men United of Albany
American Legion Post 512, 815 Willie Pitts Jr. Road | Albany, Alabama

Arkansas

Juneteenth 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Noon – 6 p.m.
Hosted by Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. Ninth Street | Little Rock, Arkansas
Website

Juneteenth: Celebrate Freedom
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted by Faulkner County NAACP
Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church, 601 Spruce | Conway, Arkansas
Website

20th Annual Northwest Arkansas (NWA) Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 3-7 p.m.
Hosted by the University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas Gardens, Corner of Razorback Road and MLK Jr. Boulevard | Fayetteville, Arkansas
Website

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted by KLEK 102.5 FM
University Heights Lions Club Park | Jonesboro, Arkansas
Website

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hosted by the City of Pine Bluff
Regional Park Amphitheater | Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Website

Florida

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hosted by Hannibal Square Heritage Center
642 W. New England Avenue | Winter Park, Florida
Website

Georgia

Juneteenth Atlanta Parade & Music Festival
June 15-17, 2018
Hosted by Juneteenth Atlanta
Mozley Park, 1565 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive NW | Atlanta, Georgia
Website

Kentucky

Juneteenth Family Fun Day at KCAAH
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 1-8 p.m.
Hosted by Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard | Louisville, Kentucky
Website

Juneteenth Celebration 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 1-9 p.m.
Hosted by Juneteenth Lexington
Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden, East Third Street at Midland Avenue | Lexington, Kentucky
Website

Louisiana

25th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 14, 16, 19, & 24, 2018
Hosted by Central Louisiana Juneteenth Association
Various locations in Alexandria, Louisiana
Website

3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival
June 13-19, 2018
Various locations in New Orleans, Louisiana
Website

Uncommon Exchanges: Juneteenth
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 6 p.m.
Hosted by Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue | New Orleans, Louisiana
Website

Maryland

15th Annual Juneteenth Festival: African American Heritage Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Noon – 8 p.m.
Hosted by Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions
John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willows Road | Lexington Park, Maryland
Website

Mississippi

Hattiesburg 34th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hosted by Hattiesburg Juneteenth
Vernon Dahmer Park on Country Club Road | Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Website

North Carolina

14th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 1-10 p.m.
Hosted by Spectacular Magazine
East Main Street between Roxboro & Dilliard Streets | Durham, North Carolina
Website

14th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Noon – 7 p.m.
Hosted by Triad Cultural Arts
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, 575 N. Patterson Avenue | Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Website

South Carolina

Spartanburg Juneteenth 2018 Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Hosted by Spartanburg Juneteenth
Mary H. Wright Elementary School | Spartanburg, South Carolina
Website

Juneteenth – Bluffton Community Celebration!
June 15-16, 2018
Hosted by The Heyward House Museum & Welcome Center
70 Boundary Street | Bluffton, South Carolina
Website

Juneteenth Freedom Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hosted by The Obsidian Group
Earlewood Park, 1113 Parkside Drive | Columbia, South Carolina
Website

Juneteenth Celebration
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hosted by Mitchelville Preservation Project
539 William Hilton Parkway | Hilton Head, South Carolina
Website

Tennessee

Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
June 15-18
Hosted by Memphis Juneteenth
Robert R. Church Park (Downtown) | Memphis, Tennessee
Website

Juneteenth on St. Cloud
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 4-7 p.m.
Hosted by African American Cultural Alliance
1215 9th Avenue North, Suite 210 | Nashville, Tennessee
Website

Texas

2018 Juneteenth Celebrations
June 2018
JuneteenthFest.com features numerous events in Houston; Harris, Fort Bend; Galveston; Texas City; and surrounding areas in Texas.

2018 Juneteenth Celebration
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 3-7 p.m.
Hosted by The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2922 MLK Boulevard | Dallas, Texas
Website

G.E.A.Y.A. Central Texas Juneteenth
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Hosted by Greater East Austin Youth Association
2300 Rosewood Avenue | Austin, Texas
Website

Juneteenth Family Fun Day
June 15-17, 2018
Hosted by Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition & 94.5 The Beat
Brazos Park East | 3516 N. MLK Boulevard | Waco, Texas
Website

Juneteenth
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Hosted by Wise County Democratic Party – Texas
600 Arthur Street | Decatur, Texas
Website

Juneteenth Celebration and Concert
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | 4-7 p.m.
Hosted by the City of Irving
Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center | 3925 Jackson Street | Iriving, Texas
Website

Virginia

Juneteenth 2018, A Freedom Celebration
June 15-17, 2018
Hosted by Elegba Folklore Society
Various locations in Richmond, Virginia
Website

Washington, D.C.

Juneteenth in DC 2018
June 16-19, 2018
Hosted by Juneteenth in DC
Various locations across DC and the DMV
Website

West Virginia

2nd Annual Juneteenth Festival
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | 3:30-9 p.m.
Hosted by Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs
Charleston Municipal Auditorium, 244 Virginia Street East (Downtown) | Charleston, West Virginia
Website

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