Easy Craft: Juneteenth Flag

Did you know that there is a special flag to celebrate the holiday Juneteenth? This holiday marks the day that the last enslaved people in the United States learned of their freedom after the Civil War. The design of the flag was first drafted in 1997. It includes the colors red, white, and blue of the US flag and star representing the star of Texas with a border representing the star “bursting with new freedom” in honor of the June 19, 1865 proclamation of freedom that was made in Galveston, Texas. You can celebrate Juneteenth at home by making your own Juneteenth flag using paper and glue!

Parents, get started by downloading and printing the craft template.

To get started you will need three pieces of paper (red, white, and blue), scissors, and glue. After printing out the template, cut it out so that you have the waving flag piece, the star, and the star outline.

Using the template, trace and cut out one piece of blue paper and one piece of red paper to resemble a waving flag.

After the pieces are cut out, glue them together so that they overlap slightly. The blue piece is the top of the flag.


After gluing together the red and blue pieces, glue on the star and the star outline.

You now have a waving Juneteenth flag that you can display at home!

Parents, we would love to see the final craft! Share your photo on social media and tag the African American Museum of Iowa (@BlackIowa) and use #JuneteenthAtHome. Happy crafting!


Juneteenth Trivia Night

From the Organizer:

THIS IS A FUNDRAISER for the African American Museum of Iowa!
Questions will celebrate Juneteenth and Black accomplishments in American history and popular culture (three will be dedicated film, television, sports, and music rounds).


(cut-off is approximately 15 minutes before the show):

YOUR UNIQUE LINK/PASSCODE WILL COME 1-2 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SHOW. It’s not automatic. Don’t expect an email immediately after registering. Please don’t email us asking where your registration code is.

There is a Zoom broadcast where we display the questions/play the audio/video clips. There is also an online answer form you will receive a link to in order to participate and be in the standings. You only need one answer form per team.


Play as individuals or teams. If you want to play as a team, organize your team communication through a secondary method (SMS, Facebook, Google Hangout, etc.); NO ANSWERS IN ZOOM CHAT.

The winning team or individual will receive a gift basket provided by Cedar Rapids Tourism.

Juneteenth – Viola Gibson Park

Join us on June 15 at Viola Gibson Park in Cedar Rapids! This free event will have entertainment and activities for people of all ages. Full details are available on our Juneteenth page.

Dr. Brie Swenson Arnold “The Emma Oliphant Story”

Join us Friday, June 15th at the AAMI at 7pm for Dr. Brie Swenson Arnold, Associate Professor of History at Coe College, and her presentation of the inspiring story of Emma Oliphant, along with six other African American women who challenged racial segregation in woman’s factory work in Cedar Rapids in the 1890’s.

This event if free and open to the public. This presentation is made possible by Humanities Iowa and is also part of the AAMI’s Juneteenth celebration.


Juneteenth celebration begins Friday, June 15th at the African American Museum of Iowa, and wraps up Saturday the 16th, with a party 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

11 am- 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


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