Juneteenth is this Saturday. There are many events in Minnesota to celebrate and educate about Juneteenth. The YWCA of St. Paul is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19th from 3:00-4:30pm at Boyd Park, 335 Selby Ave, St. Paul. The event is free.
Here is a description:
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 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.
Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.
We invite you to join us for music and entertainment on Saturday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. in Boyd Park (St. Paul) to celebrate and acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
Entertainment includes T. Mychael Rambo, Singer Thomasina Petrus, Violinist Emilia Mettenbrink with Pianist Franco Holder, Walker West Youth Jazz Ensemble and more! Food trucks will be available to purchase refreshments.”
If you don’t live near Saint Paul, there is likely another Juneteenth celebration close to you. Here are some other Juneteenth celebrations across Minnesota listed alphabetically:
- Annual Moorhead Juneteenth Celebration at Gooseberry Mound Park
- Juneteenth Drag Show, Grand Forks, ND
- Northside Community Juneteenth Celebration
- Robbinsdale Juneteenth Continues Celebration
- Rochester Juneteenth
- Twin Ports Annual Juneteenth: Celebrating Black Joy in Duluth
Each of these aforementioned events has a Facebook events page you can check for details. Show up if and where you can!