June Summer Fun Checklist Item: Take Part in a Juneteenth Celebration
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a holiday to celebrate the announcement of the abolition of slavery. You can commemorate the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth by checking out these events:
Juneteenth Green and Clean Neighborhood Project - Saturday, June 13
Meet at 13th and Chicon for this event, which will take place from 7-9 a.m.
In the Shadow of the Dome: Slave Life in Austin, Texas –
Tuesday, June 16 Postponed due to expected tropical weather. New date TBD.
Andres and Juanita Tijerina, currently at work on an upcoming book by the same title, will speak about slave life and emancipation in Austin, as evidenced in the Travis County Slave Narratives that were recorded in the 1930s. This program will augment the upcoming Juneteenth celebrations and serve to increase our understanding of the historical roots of this celebration. This event will take place at the Austin History Center, starting at 7pm. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and street and surface level parking is free on Tuesday evenings.
2015 Miss & Little Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant – Thursday, June 18
The theme of this year’s event is Command Attention! Supporting Austin’s Military Veterans. The pageant will take place at the George Washington Carver Museum from 7-9 p.m.
Juneteenth Soul Blues Fest – June 19 & 20
DiverseArts presents this family-friendly celebration of the arts, live music, dance and community at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard from 6-11pm on Saturday and 3-11pm on Sunday. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, and food trailers will be on site. There will be art vendors and free beer will be provided. $10 suggested donation.
Juneteenth 2K – Saturday, June 20
The 2K Emancipation Run/Walk is a challenging fun run and walk down the Juneteenth parade route, beginning at the intersection of MLK and Comal streets. Participants can line up at 8:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20, and you can download a registration form online.
Emancipation Parade and Park Celebration – Saturday, June 20
The Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the intersection of MLK and Comal streets. The route will continue along Chicon and will conclude at Rosewood Park, where there will be a celebration with entertainment, food and vendors until 8 p.m.
You can learn more about African-American history and culture any time at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, which is located at 1165 Angelina St. The museum is housed in a 36,000-square-foot facility that includes four galleries, a conference room, classroom, darkroom, dance studio, 134-seat theatre and archival space. The galleries feature a core exhibit on Juneteenth, a permanent exhibit on Austin African-American families, an Artist’s Gallery and a children’s exhibit on African-American scientists and inventors. Carver is open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sundays).
Juneteenth Memorial Monument – Saturday, June 27
The Carver Museum and the Texas Legislative Black Caucus will celebrate 150 years of freedom in Texas by unveiling a new monument at the Carver Museum at 11am. For more about these statues, check out this Statesman video.
If you aren’t in Austin, never fear! Here are Juneteenth events happening closeby:
The Road to Emancipation: From Jamestown to Juneteenth (Pflugerville) – Thursday, June 18
Mike Hurd of the Texas Black History Preservation Project will speak at the Pflugerville Public Library as the city honors the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. Hurd will discuss the origins of slavery in the United States, how the Emancipation Proclamation came to be and why it took two and a half years for the word to get to Texas. The program will begin at 6:30pm.
Music in the Park: Juneteenth Celebration (Pflugerville) – Friday, June 19
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets, friends and neighbors for a free evening of music, entertainment and relaxation at Pfluger Park. In honor of Juneteenth, musicians include The Isaac Sisters and Mike Milligan & the Texiana Bluez. During intermission, Mike Hurd will provide a history on Juneteenth and the official Juneteenth flag will be hung in Pfluger Park. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and wraps up by 9:30 p.m.
Juneteenth Rhythm & Ribs Festival (Round Rock) – Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20
The Voice and the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department are again joining forces for the 7th annual free festival, which takes place from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Parking and admission are both free. The celebration continues at 2 p.m. the following day, Saturday. At 3 p.m., the Round Rock mayor kicks off the day’s festivities, which include live music, a health fair, moonwalks, clowns, games, food, vendors and more.
Juneteenth Festival (Georgetown) – Saturday, June 20th
The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association presents a public Juneteenth Festival at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park from 11am-6pm. The event starts with a program, including speaker Richard Glasco, The Groovers senior exercise/dance group, guitarist Rae Gill, and a spoken word performance by Team Gravy. A barbecue dinner will follow the program. DJ Mike Jones will provide music for the afternoon activities. Officers from the Georgetown Police Department and firefighters from the Georgetown Fire Department will be at the event. The event also includes a jewelry display and a raffle and games for youth and adults.