What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the word Juneteenth. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. Juneteenth is an official holiday recognized in over 43 states and the District of Columbia.
- June 19, 2021
Join us for our hybrid (in-person and virtual) events!
June 14–19, 2021 (Virtual)
Virtual Art Exhibition- Andi Cullins (Fiber Artist)
June 17, 2021 (Virtual), 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Panel Discussion- Finding the Path to Healing: Addressing Historical Trauma and the Black Experience
June 18, 2021 (In-person), 5 pm – 7pm
Juneteenth Celebration Kits Handout Drive-Through
- 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
June 19, 2021 (Virtual), 10 am – 3 pm
Footprints and Roots
- Organized by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Prince George’s County Chapter
- Keynote Speaker: Professor Dale Green, School of Architecture and Planning (Historic Preservation), Morgan State University
- Quilt Codes and the Underground Railroad: History or Mystery?
- Georgetown Memory Project: The Genealogical Pursuit of Truth, Reconciliation, and Reunion
- Moses Grandy Opens Doors to Our African Homeland
June 19, 2021 (Virtual), 1 pm – 3 pm
Juneteenth DJ Battle (Livestream event)
- Livestream event will feature DJ Lance Reynolds and DJ Miss H.E.R.
- For more information and to register, click here. A link will be provided to you after registration.
June 19, 2021 (In-person), 1 pm – 3 pm
Juneteenth Mini Celebrations
- These small in-person celebrations will include music, history activities, and arts activities
- Celebrations will include stepping workshops/demonstrations led by Step Afrika and live art demonstrations sponsored by Creative Suitland
- Registration Required
- Montpelier Arts Center: Register Here
- Ridgeley Rosenwald School: Register Here
- Oxon Hill Manor: Register Here