Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America.
After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, owners in many isolated areas kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Confederate Galveston, Texas. Since that day, Juneteenth has been celebrated to honor the African Americans who built this nation.
Juneteenth Celebration in Cedar Rapids
The 2017 Juneteeth celebration will take place June 16-18 at the African American Museum of Iowa and Viola Gibson Park.
Friday, June 16
Juneteenth Education Day, Evening
African American Museum of Iowa
Saturday, June 17
Juneteenth Festival, 11 am to 4 p.m.
Viola Gibson Park