Juneteenth

Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration

We are dedicated to organizing and celebrating Juneteenth in Louisville. Our mission is to provide a space for people to learn about the significance of Juneteenth and participate in events and activities that honor the holiday. This year’s continuing theme, “Our Story, America’s Glory.”


About Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, commemorates the day on June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that all enslaved people were to be freed. This came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, and marked a significant turning point in the fight for freedom and equality.

We believe that Juneteenth is not just a holiday, but a symbol of hope and progress. We're committed to creating a space where people can come together to celebrate this important event and continue the work of building a more just and equitable society.


Upcoming Events 

June 8: The Journey Walking Tour Frazier History Museum & (Un)KNOWN Project, ideas xLab

June 8 at 9:30 a.m.: The Journey Walking Tour Frazier History Museum & (Un)KNOWN Project, ideas xLab

Take “The Journey” with us and see how Kentuckiana played a central role in the
Underground Railroad as freedom seekers looked to flee bondage, including Thornton and
Lucie Blackburn. This walking tour is free and will start in front of the Frazier History
Museum. 

It will cover four stops on a two-mile route with immersive storytelling from Frazier
members. We will gather at 9:30 a.m. with tours happening at 9:40 and 9:50 a.m.. The final
stop will be at “On the Banks of Freedom” installation behind the floodwall near the Frazier.
You’ll be just in time for a special unveiling and program at 11 a.m. by our partners ideas
xLab called “In Our Elders’ Footprints,” a new installation featuring over 20 sets of
footprints from Black Louisville elders including activists, educators, and civil rights
leaders.

You can visit the Frazier History Museum for more information about the tour. Registration is open for this historical event.

June 10th - 14th:  Juneteenth LVA Camp at Waterfront Development Corp & Trager Family Jewish Community Center

June 10-14 at 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Juneteenth LVA Camp
Waterfront Development Corp & Trager Family Jewish Community Center

For the fourth consecutive year, Waterfront Park and Louisville Visual Art will offer a full
scholarship camp in the theme of Juneteenth. The week-long summer day camp will take
place from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. from June 10 to 14. During the camp, students will be
introduced to the works and history of Ed Hamilton, Muhammad Ali, and the Underground
Railroad while also learning about Juneteenth and Louisville.

New this year, a Work Together Project, our campers will be joined by JCC campers on
Tuesday to start a group art project. On Thursday, our Waterfront Park LVA campers will
join the JCC campers at the new Trager Family JCC for more art collaboration, camp
activities and swimming in the camp pool.

Explanations of their art will be practiced throughout the week to prepare for their very own
celebrational art exhibit at the end of the camp. The camp will then conclude with a
celebration art exhibit where camper’s sculptures, collages and more will be on display.

Be sure to read more about our LVA Outreach Camps.

June 14: Agape Day, Louisville National Pan-Hellenic Council & Dare to Care

June 14 at 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Agape Day
Louisville National Pan-Hellenic Council & Dare to Care

The ingenuity of enslaved Africans helped them survive slavery, forcing them to alter the
foods of their ancestors. Food plays a significant role in the cultural identity and expression
of African Americans a rich history, traditions, and cultures. Food is not just a means of
sustenance; it is a way to express identity, share stories, and connect with one's
community. Volunteer with local Divine 9 Black Greek fraternities and sororities and Dare
to Care to deliver food to residents.

*“AGAPE” refers to “the highest form of love, charity.”

June 17: Amplify Songs of Justice, Kentucky Opera

June 17 - 7 p.m.
Amplify Songs of Justice
Kentucky Opera

As part of Louisville’s city-wide Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration, Kentucky Opera’s “Amplify
Songs of Justice” concert lifts music of America’s Civil Rights movements. Featuring Civil
Rights songs commissioned by Kentucky Opera and written by Paula McCraney and Jorell
Williams, voices from across Louisville, churches, and college choirs come together to sing
and celebrate African American culture and music. You’ll experience performances and
the musical stylings of renowned, local artists, along with the joy of Kentucky Opera
Juneteenth Jubilee Choir. This is a FREE event.

Be sure to read more information about Kentucky Opera's Amplify Songs of Justice
Registration is open for this musical extravaganza.  
 

June 19: Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky Juneteenth Celebration, Muhammad Ali Center

June 19th – 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky Juneteenth Celebration
Muhammad Ali Center

The Association for Teaching Black History in Kentucky hosts its second annual Juneteenth
celebration in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center, join us as we celebrate and
honor contributions toward elevating the stories and historical experiences of Black
Kentuckians. This year's honorees include:

Our keynote speaker for this event will be Frank X Walker. A native of Danville, Kentucky.
Frank X Walker is the first African American writer to be named Kentucky Poet Laureate.
Walker has published eleven collections of poetry, including Turn Me Loose: The
Unghosting of Medgar Evers, which was awarded the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Poetry
and the Black Caucus American Library Association Honor Award for Poetry. Voted one of
the most creative professors in the south, Walker coined the term “Airilachia” and cofounded
the Airilachian Poets, subsequently publishing the much-celebrated eponymous
collection. 

The recipient of honorary doctorates from University of Kentucky, Transylvania
University, Spalding University and Centre College, Walker is the founding editor of pluck!
The Journal of Airilachian Arts & Culture and serves as Professor of English and African
American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Read more information about this esteemed Juneteenth discussion. 


Our Juneteenth Jubilee Commissioners

About Us

The 12-member Juneteenth Jubilee Commission includes representatives from the business community, arts, educational, faith institutions and others. They are charged with reviewing opportunities for expanding access to educational programming and developing cultural events for Juneteenth that raise the community's awareness of its significance.

 

 

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