(Juneteenth Flag)

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and marks an important moment in American history (June 19, 1865) when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture provided the community with several virtual activities in 2020 to help celebrate. Learn about rich African American traditions and culture through art, storytelling, music, and dance! We have lots of offer…scroll down to view this special content (and click here to learn more about the historical significance of Juneteenth)!

You may also access a recording of the 2020 Virtual Gala here.

2020 Juneteenth Celebrations

Watch videos of storyteller Valerie Tutson provide historic narratives of emancipation.

1. Introduction 
2. Historical Interpretation of Juneteenth Announcement through the Eyes of Mary Elizabeth
3. Church in the Woods – Freedom
4. Celebration of Juneteenth at Emancipation Park



Hear from artist Kesha Bruce as she talks about her artwork and creative process, then leads a collage-based craft.

Watch a performance by Abubakar & Babafemi: Generations of Drummers starring Alvin Benjamin Carter, Sr. and Alvin Benjamin Carter, Jr.

Enjoy an African dance performance by Friendz World Music.


Event made possible with support from our sponsors!

Juneteenth Community Day is presented in partnership with The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Check out more virtual festivities on their site.