Juneteenth Festival At RWP

(6.18) The 5th Annual Juneteenth RI Festival, featuring gospel singer Kelly Price, takes place Sunday at the Temple to Music in Roger Williams Park. Juneteenth RI calls it a day of pride, culture, commemoration, and empowerment.

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture:

On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. With the principles of self-determination, citizenship, and democracy magnifying their hopes and dreams, those Texans held fast to the promise of true liberty for all.

Rhode Island is moving to make Juneteenth a state holiday.

Juneteenth Festival, free and open to the public, noon to 9pm, Sunday, June 18, Temple to Music, RWP, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, (directions)

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A Juneteenth Block Party has been moved indoors to Kulture, 71 Richmond Street, Sunday, June 18, 10pm to 2am.

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