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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of slavery’s end in the United States.  This year’s commemoration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History takes place Saturday, June 18 from 11 am until 4 pm on Farnsworth Avenue behind the museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center.  Juneteenth is FREE and open to the public!


The national observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day began in Galveston, Texas in 1865.  Today, Juneteenth symbolizes overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the pursuit of knowledge and the determination to achieve greatness.  It is also a time to celebrate history, assess and improve one’s self and plan for the future. Having evolved into a cross-cultural celebration, Juneteenth challenges each of us to, as Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “be the change you want to see in the world.”



Outdoor Family Festival Fun: This year’s Juneteenth Celebration will have something for the entire family to enjoy.  Children of all ages will be able to enjoy outdoor festivities in a family friendly atmosphere complete with food, games (for adults and children), and arts and crafts. The Detroit Fire Department will be on site to teach children about fire prevention.


Educational Enrichment: Juneteenth has always focused on education and self-improvement; Cultural Center and other local business organizations will host informational sessions on topics relevant to African American familiesNutritionally, Yours will host a healthy eating seminar.  The Motown Writers Guild will be available to engage budding writers and authors.  The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be on site to give hands-on demonstrations, and the museum and its many exhibitions will be open.  Standard museum admission of $8 for adults (ages 13 – 61) and $5 for seniors (ages 62+) and youth (ages 3 – 12) will apply for entrance to the exhibition galleries.  Museum members and children under the age of 3 are admitted free.  Additionally, museum memberships will be available at the discounted rate of $25 for individuals and $50 for families.


Live Entertainment: This year’s entertainment stage will be full of exciting demonstrations of all backgrounds and genres such as storytelling and spoken word.


Vendors: Juneteenth provides an incredibly valuable opportunity for entrepreneurs to sell, advertise and showcase their products.  This year, vending is open to the youth so that they can learn the joys and need for business.


Join the Charles H. Wright Museum’s Women’s Committee and a host of local businesses this June 18th to celebrate your freedom and personal emancipation.  For questions or vendor opportunities, please contact Stacy Muhammad at (248) 885-0606.




Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-1443
(313) 494-5800
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