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Celebrates Freedom

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Tempe commemorates Juneteenth with two-day celebration

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, an important day in history when the last enslaved African Americans in the U.S. were freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, it took 2.5 years for word to reach as far as Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth marks the day when freedom from slavery became a reality for all African Americans.  

Valley residents are encouraged to take part in a two-day Juneteenth celebration at the Tempe History Museum on June 16 and 17.  Both events are being held inside the museum, are free to attend and open to the public. Attendees will learn more about this historical day while honoring African American heritage through discussions, performances, displays and informational booths.

Juneteenth Video and Discussion

Friday, June 16, 7-8:30 p.m.

  • View a brief video and have a discussion about the events and conditions that led to Juneteenth
  • Delve into Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and its relationship to Juneteenth
  • Light refreshments will be provided

Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Family-friendly live music from local singers Tashay Knight and Jesse Washington; a dance performance from Jason Long ; and African drumming and storytelling by Keith Johnson.
  • Displays and Information booths focusing on freedom, finance, family and education including Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Raffle prizes for attendees (must be present to win)
  • Purchase Magnolia BBQ and Snow Cones on site
  • Speakers include: The Governor’s Office of Diversity; Corey Woods; and City of Tempe Councilmembers Randy Keating and Lauren Kuby

The Tempe History Museum is located at 809 E. Southern Ave on the southwest corner of Mill Ave. and Southern. Ample free parking is available.

The fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration is presented by Tempe History Museum’s African American Advisory Committee whose mission is to create a forum, to collect and preserve the African American history of Tempe and to promote those stories for the benefit of the community of Tempe, Arizona.

Contact museum@tempe.gov or call 480-350-5100 for more information.

ABOUT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The mission of the Tempe History Museum African American Advisory Committee is to create a forum, to collect and preserve the African American history of Tempe and to promote those stories for the benefit of the community of Tempe, Arizona.


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