Louisville has announced what the plans are to celebrate the holiday!
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?? Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday commemorating the final communication of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Observed every year on June 19, the holiday originated in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, when soldiers gave residents notice of the end of slavery, nearly two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Here’s a larger look at events planned by the Juneteenth Commission:
June 11 – First Tee Louisville’s 22nd annual George “GG” Johnson Golf Scramble, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shawnee Golf Course
Lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with raffle prizes to win. The four-person scramble (three adults and one first tee participant) will tee off at 1 p.m. Register at firstteelouisville.org or contact [email protected].
June 13-June 17, Juneteenth Camp, Louisville Visual Art and Waterfront Park, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Louisville Visual Art and Waterfront Park are hosting a day camp for youth ages 7-12. Campers will be introduced to the works and history of Ed Hamilton, Muhammad Ali, the Underground Railroad and more, then create their own artworks to express themselves and their newfound knowledge; in the afternoons, campers will explore Waterfront Park for fun camp activities. Limited to 10 students.
June 13-14 – WAVE Country with Dawne Gee, 2 p.m. WAVE-TV anchor and reporter Dawne Gee will discuss Juneteenth highlights and moderate panel discussions.
June 14 – Lean Into Louisville, Redistricting Panel Discussion, 6:30 p.m.
Mayor Fischer will greet and introduce a diverse panel that will address and examine why redistricting happens, who it helps, harms, and short-term/long-term implications. MetroTV and Lean Into Louisville will livestream the event on social media.
June 15 – Lean Into Louisville, Presentation: The Kentucky African American Civil War Soldiers Project, First Gethsemane Baptist Church, 12 p.m.
The Kentucky African American Civil War Soldiers Project seeks to uncover archival documents about the lives of these soldiers and their family members, and use them as the basis for constructing family trees going as far backward and forward as possible. Dan Gediman and Denyce Peyton will share stories and photographs about selected soldiers from Louisville, as well as discuss their newly created searchable online database.
June 16 – The Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission Celebrates 60th Anniversary/Juneteenth Luncheon, Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Center, 11 a.m.
The luncheon will celebrate HRC’s achievements in safeguarding all individuals within Jefferson County from all forms of discrimination. The Mayor will speak, along with keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Daniel Corrie Shull, senior pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church. The cost to attend will be $25 per person.
June 16 – Miss Juneteenth Pageant, Fourth Street Live, 1 to 5 p.m.
WLLV and WLOU will host the inaugural Miss Juneteenth Pageant at Fourth Street Live. The inaugural pageant will feature 30 contestants. The Mayor is expected to crown the winners.
June 17 – Agape Day, Dare to Care & National Panhellenic Council Louisville, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Local Divine 9 Black Greek fraternities and sororities will partner with Dare to Care to deliver food to communities.
June 17 – Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration: Our Story, America’s Glory Inaugural Gala, The Muhammad Ali Center, 6 p.m.
Mayor Fischer will speak at the red-carpet gala that will feature dinner, spoken word by Hannah Drake and special performances by the Dr. Jerry Tolson Orchestra, Syreeta Thompson “Trumpet Lady” and Donna & The Atone Band. WAVE3’s Dawne Gee, a Juneteenth Jubilee commissioner, will emcee the event. Tickets can be purchased for $150 at juneteenthlou.com or for more information, email [email protected].
June 18 – “Race for Justice” by Future Ancestors, Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center, 8 a.m.
Participants will honor Breonna Taylor by running or walking 26 laps as team, one for every year she was alive, or by walking/running a 1.3-mile individual race; she was killed on March 13th.
June 18 – Juneteenth Youth Jamboree, Berrytown Park, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Reviving Urban Neighborhoods (R.U.N.), Inc. will host a fun-filled family event where youths can win prizes by demonstrating their knowledge of Juneteenth facts.
June 19 – Presbyterian Church USA, hybrid service, 11 a.m.
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be preaching at the service. The service can be viewed by visiting: https://ga-pcusa.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/spiritofga
For more information about the Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration, please visit juneteenthlou.com