Commemorate Juneteenth in Boston

This Sunday is Juneteenth,  when we celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree. Juneteenth has been celebrated ever since, and became a US Federal Holiday on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Arts and cultural organizations around Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding areas have a variety of programs open to the public, from performances to historical lectures to public demonstrations and parades. Our Revels affiliate cities are also holding programs and events – click the link below to learn more and find celebrations in your area.

Events in Boston and Beyond

Check out these offerings from Boston-area organizations, or visit our Revels affiliates for programming online and outside of Massachusetts!

For more Boston-area offerings, visit the Arts Boston calendar.

  • Washington DC Revels: Stories from the Underground Railroad

    On February 27, 2021, the Sandy Spring Slave Museum presented the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices in a virtual Black History Month performance highlighting Montgomery County, MD history: local stories of the Underground Railroad, and the legacy of Enoch George and Harriet Howard family, who purchased their freedom and became prominent local landowners, helping to establish a prosperous African American community in Montgomery County.

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  • Washington DC Revels: June 19

    Join Jubilee Voices and the Office of Historic Alexandria for a concert in celebration of Juneteenth, a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

    Jubilee Voices will perform a lively, interactive performance featuring traditional African American music, dance and spoken word that traces the history of African Americans from enslavement to freedom. Celebrate Juneteenth and join the journey!

    Sunday, June 19, 3 pm
    Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA

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