Juneteenth started in Texas to commemorate the day that the slaves of Texas were told they had been emancipated. That day was June 19, 1865 in Galveston. Every year after that, many gathered to celebrate the announcement. Despite Jim Crow laws and turbulent times of the 20th century, celebrations continued. Texas became the first state to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday in 1980. Even though the emancipation announcement happened on different days across the South, many states honor the emancipation on the same date as Texas. All throughout June have fun at these local Juneteenth festivities.
All events are encouraging social distancing and for visitors to wear face masks.
Let the Good Times Roll Festival
Louisiana’s largest Juneteenth celebration will be an enjoyable weekend experience for the whole family. Listen to gospel, jazz, rap, blues and R&B artists for three days. For info and tickets, click here.
Location – Festival Plaza, 101 Crockett St.
Workshop on Community Activism
June 18 10:30am
Educate and motivate everyone to be a part of today’s America.
Location – Little Union Baptist Church, 1846 Milam St.
Conversation with David Dennis
June 19 10:30am
Listen to Shreveport native David Dennis who helped organized the Freedom Riders during the Civil Rights Movement.
Location – Peaceful Rest Baptist Church, 8200 St. Vincent Ave.
‘art-ish: Black Art Show
June 19 11:00am-10:00pm
Spend the day surrounded by black culture, black art and black history. Live music, libations, food trucks, DJ sets and more for a $5 admission. Follow the event on Facebook.
Location – The Lot Downtown, 400 Crockett St.
Juneteenth Celebration and Art Show by Bertha Harris
June 19 1:00pm-6:00pm
Bertha is a local celebrated folk artist whose works reflect her memories growing up during Jim Crow and working on the Beene Plantation. Her autobiography, “The Courage to Rise Again: A Journey from Tears to Testimony,” is a powerful must-read.
See the works of Bertha Harris and for more info, click here.
Location – 624 Commerce St.
It’s A Family Affair
June 19 2:00pm-7:00pm
Honor the heritage and accomplishments of the community. Support small local businesses while enjoying games, activities, fun and food. For more information, click here.
Location – 331 Milam St.
Artipsy Juneteenth Celebration
June 19 7:00pm
DJ Mega Marly provides the music during this night. Drink and dance and enjoy the chill vibes. For more information, click here.
Keeping History Alive Juneteenth Celebration
June 19 Noon-7:00pm
Downtown Texarkana comes alive with some much to do during this festival. Listen to political speakers, local bands and a parade of professionals. Compete in the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament or the Spades & Domino Tournament and more. Find out more here.
Location – Downtown on Front St.
Marshall Juneteenth Celebrations
Friday will see a business expo and the Fashioned for Freedom Fashion Show. Saturday events include a parade at 11:00am, a Commemoration Program and a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. For more info, click here.
Location – George Washington Carver Center
Thursday, June 17 7:00pm-10:00pm
The Texas Minority Coalition invites everyone for a family movie night. There’ll be pizza and ice cream. For more info, click here.
Location – Oaklawn Park Pavilion
2021 Juneteenth Pageant
June 18 6:00pm
See who becomes the Miss/Ms./Mrs. and Mr. Juneteenth Day. It’s for ages 7 and older. For more info, click here.
Location – Homer City Hall
Juneteenth Heritage Scholarship 5k Race
June 19 8:00am-10:00am
Support scholarships for African American youth and participate in a 1 mile walk or 5k. Details and registration can be done here.
Location – REAL LIFE Wellness
7th Annual Mansfield Juneteenth Celebration
Hiphop, Zydeco, Blues and Gospel music will fill the Court House Square along with the words from local pastors. The Mansfield Civic Group presents children’s activities and food vendors. For information, click here.
Location – Courthouse Square
28th Annual Longview Juneteenth Black Rodeo
Saturday, June 26 7:30pm
Wear your Covid mask out to this rodeo with the King of Trailride Blues Jeter Jones and The King of Shuffle Cupid. Get more details here.
Location – Longview Fairgrounds Rodeo Arena
Camden Juneteenth Celebration
On Friday, it’s the Juneteenth Parade and Kids Block Party from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Saturday is the Juneteenth Tailgate at 4:00pm. On Sunday, see the Juneteenth Car Show starting at 5:00pm. Find the details on each day and the locations on their Facebook page.
Location – Around Camden, Ark.
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