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 2018 Juneteenth celebration will be held on June 15 (at the AAMI) and June 16 (at Viola Gibson Park).

Friday enjoy:
-$1 admission at the Museum, all day
-Cedar Rapids Civil Rights traveling exhibit, all day FREE
-Dr. Brie Swenson-Arnold presentation and refreshments
“The Emma Oliphant Story” at 7 PM FREE

Saturday events:
FREE All day at Viola Gibson Park  11am-4pm
MC Brea Love from KCRG
Mayoral Proclamation at noon
Live Stage Entertainment
Youth STEM activities
Face Painting
TJ the Clown Balloon Art
Food Vendors, including, Keepin’ Up With The Jones’s, Chameleon Candy and Island Vybz