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Sat, Jun 17


Amistad Center @ the Wadsworth Atheneum

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth 2023 - Saturday, June 17, 2023 Tickets on sale April 1, 2023.

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Juneteenth Celebration
Juneteenth Celebration

Time & Location

Jun 17, 2023, 7:00 PM

Amistad Center @ the Wadsworth Atheneum , 600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

About the Event

Join us for The Amistad Center’s 32nd annual Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at the Wadsworth Museum in Hartford. This event is Greater Hartford’s premier and longest running Juneteenth event commemorating emancipation, history, and culture.

In the beautiful museum setting HARTford & SOUL guests will experience the soundtrack of American history-jazz, gospel, reggae, hip-hop and the Motown sound performed by local musicians; view Merik Goma’s provocative photography exhibition in The Amistad Center’s gallery; dance the night away with friends old and new; and enjoy culturally inspired cuisine.

At the Celebration, we will be honored to present the 2023 Spirit of Juneteenth Awards to renowned jazz saxophonist, Jimmy Greene and activist and founder of The Ana Grace Project, Nelba Marquez-Greene in recognition of their enormous contributions to our community. We will also honor Sanford Biggers an award-winning, international multimedia visual artists and sculptor whose work explores often-overlooked cultural and political narratives from American history. All three of our honorees have had profound impact on our culture and raise the importance of Black voices.

Proceeds from the evening will provide significant support for The Amistad Center’s education programs, exhibitions, collection care, and operations.


To Wadsworth: Exit the parking garage on the Plaza (PL) level and walk west to Prospect St. Turn left and walk south on Prospect St to the stop signs. Cross Prospect St. onto Atheneum where the Wadsworth doors will be on your left.

To Parking Garage : Walk east on Atheneum to the stop signs at the corner of Prospect St. Cross Prospect St. and walk north to the Hartford Club building. Walk next to the Hartford club building (on its right) to the deck where there will be a large white tent. Walk to the right of the tent to the South entry. Press the intercom for entry and take the elevators to the G5 level.

Evening Program

Hosted by the Hon. Shawn T. Wooden, Former Connecticut State Treasurer, and Leslie Mayes, Anchor, NBC Connecticut.

  • Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres | Premier Reception (Sponsors and Invited Guests) – 6 pm
  • Dinner Stations | Presentation of Spirit of Juneteenth Awards | Remarks & Entertainment - 7 pm
  • Divine Desserts & Dancing until 11 pm
  • Silent Auction
  • Fine and Local Art Sale
  • Dancing under the stars in Gengras Court with DJ Ronn P and DJ Dane
  • African drumming welcome by Leonard Epps
  • Choral performances by The Voices of Hartford
  • R&B/Soul by Tony Harrington & Touch Band

Attire: Festive/Cocktail (Afro Centric encouraged)

Ticket sales have ended. NO SALES AT THE DOOR

Thank you to our generous sponsors! 

Presenting Legacy Circle 

Francisco Borges 

Freedom Circle


Jubilee Circle


Mass Mutual

Amistad Circle

Hartford Healthcare

Munich RE


Heritage Circle

Beta Iota Boule

Diane and Sanford Cloud, Jr.

LAZ Parking

Liberty Bank


Liberty Circle

Access Health CT

Cloud and Robinson Development Company


Pratt & Whitney/International Aero Engines AG

Robinson + Cole

Talcott Resolutions

Webster Bank

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