Did you know…
On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 Black people who were enslaved in Texas finally learned they were freed under the Emancipation Act. It took more than two years for Union soldiers to reach Galveston Bay and ring the bell of freedom in the westernmost area of Confederate territory. “Juneteenth marks our country’s second Independence Day,” the National Museum of African American History and Culture says. It’s the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
So where’s the celebration this weekend?
Prince George’s County Juneteenth Hybrid Festival
Virtual and in-person events at various locations
The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a virtual art exhibition, panel discussions and in-person celebrations at the Montpelier Arts Center, Ridgeley Rosenwald School and Oxon Hill Manor. Events are free but some require registration.
Check out these events from June 14 to June 19.
Juneteenth Celebration Kits Handout Drive-Through
June 18, 2021 (In-person), 5 pm – 7pm
- Juneteenth celebration kits for individuals to take home and plan their own celebrations. Kits will include games, activity books, and historical information on Juneteenth.
- Registration Not Required
- Quantities Limited; Limit of 2 Kits per vehicle/household
- Montpelier Arts Center
- Ridgeley Rosenwald School
- Oxon Hill Manor
City of Laurel Juneteenth Celebration
8103 Sandy Spring Rd, Laurel, Maryland
The City of Laurel is hosting guest speakers, the Malcolm X Drummers and poetry readings to celebrate Juneteenth. You can join at the Council Chambers of the Laurel Municipal Center at 12 p.m. The Juneteenth Program can be watched live on the city’s Facebook page.
“Tell Me Your Name” Tour at Carlyle House
121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, Virginia
The Carlyle House Historic Park staff is hosting a tour focusing on the experiences of the enslaved community at Carlyle House and his plantations in Alexandria. The guided tour will explore the historical context of slavery in 18th century Alexandria and the importance of ongoing research efforts to connect with descendants. Reservations are required as space is limited. COVID procedures, including masking and social distancing, will be in place during this tour.
Tickets are $10. You can visit this tour at the Carlyle House on June 18 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Juneteenth Lighting for Freedom and Justice
The National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, D.C.
June 15 to June 19
The Washington National Cathedral will be lit to recognize the celebration of Juneteenth from June 15 to 19 from 9 p.m. to sunrise.
Moechella Juneteenth Weekend and Unity Fest
2700 Martin Luther King Ave SE, D.C.
Moechella, a group dedicated to preserving D.C.’s legacy of go-go music and sharing its importance in Black history, is hosting a Juneteenth weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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On Friday, there will be a Rock the Block Party at Audi Field that includes free workouts to live go-go music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, join the Million MOE March for Equity and Justice starting at Black Lives Matter Plaza to U Street. The march will feature Top Band, Ambition Band and N2L.
On Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., join Moechella’s Unity Fest at Gateway Pavilion for a day of free music on two stages featuring Junkyard, EU feat Sugar Bear, TOB, Ambition, ABM and MTM. There will be vendors, food trucks and a kids’ haven.
What Is Black Art Exhibition
The Eaton DC, 1201 K Street NW, DC
Exhibit available June 25 to July 9
BlkArthouse is hosting artworks by 19 Black artists from around the world at the Eaton Hotel. You can join the opening reception Friday, June 25, at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
You can visit “What is Black Art?” by walking in until June 27 or by appointment from June 28 to July 9.
Lastly, Is Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021?
The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would make it a federal holiday. It’s expected to pass the U.S. House and go to President Joe Biden’s desk.
Juneteenth is now celebrated in most states and D.C. annually on June 19. It’s a paid state holiday in Virginia and a commemorative holiday the District and Maryland.