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Commemorating Juneteenth in Memphis

We know what happened on the 4th of July and we’re vaguely aware of the meaning behind St. Patrick’s Day, but what about Juneteenth? June 19th is a pivotal point in American history, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865 in Galveston, TX, Major General Gordon Granger demanded the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

It should also be mentioned that General Order Number 3 was issued TWO WHOLE YEARS after the Emancipation Proclamation had been put into place.

Even though many masters weren’t quick to abide by their new laws—for the first time in history, the Black community had a date that was theirs.

Despite all fears, frustrations, and further discrimination that would be felt, the last of our ancestors were given their golden ticket to freedom on Juneteeenth—and if that doesn't call for a celebration, we don't know what would.

Long before it was declared a federal holiday in 2021, local organizations commemorated the occasion with special gatherings and celebrations; providing spaces to boast all facets of Blackness, in light of where Black America has been and where it’s going. 

The same will ring true in 2022.

Join memphis in celebrating the liberation of the people that have largely contributed to the creation of culture across our city and country:

It doesn’t matter if you take your coffee black because CxffeeBlack is puttting Black culture in your cup regardless. 

On June 17th-19th, the Black-owned coffee brand invites you to experience a line-up of programming that dives into the history of who’s really been doing coffee since the beginning. 

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"This really big really Black family gathered together in their finest digs to celebrate the giants that came before us. Our ancestors were present for this celebration. We laughed, cried, danced, and celebrated. ”
Victoria Jones
Tone Executive Director

Tone invites you to tap into a weekend full of festivities that pay homage to the past and fame the future on Saturday, June 18th & Sunday, June 19th. Kick things off with an afrofuturistic-themed gala and after-party on Saturday—and prepare to two-step at the free Family Reunion Music Festival on Sunday. 

Check out the 2021 festival recap to get hype for what’s to come

help make it a family reunion to remember!

What better way to commemorate cultural identity than with a block party! The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Shop Black Festival on Sunday, June 19th, will feature live entertainment, food trucks, local vendors—and it’s all going down rain or shine (May your protective styles stay strong 🤲)

Treat yourself to a liberation cookie or two at Butterific Bakery & Cafe!

This Black-owned bakery is throwing down in the kitchen, whipping up all kinds of treats that would have the ancestors coming back for more. 

Feeding the Root is accepting vendors applications for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth GROW Market.

We could all use more moments to tend to our minds, bodies, and spirits—and there’s no day like Juneteenth to do so. 

The Feeding the Root GROWS Market will not only be a space for folks to secure locally-grown fruits and veggies, but the outdoor yoga sessions offer opportunities for participants to find and protect their peace. 

2022 marks 29 years of the Juneteenth Jubilee and Freedom Festival held in Douglass Park, Memphis’ first park for African Americans, nestled in the North Memphis neighborhood. 

Tristate Black Pride will close out their Pride Month festivities with a Juneteenth Music Festival at the Overton Park Shell!

Recognized as the official Black Pride for Memphis by the Center for Black Equity, TriState Black Pride is closing out their Pride Month festivities with a Juneteenth Music Festival at the Overton Park Shell. 

interested in being a vendor during the festival?

Tune in to the rest of their pride month programming.

The Memphis Juneteenth Festival kicks off June 5th with events taking place all throughout the month!

Brought to you by Telisa Franklin, The Memphis Juneteenth Festival in Health Sciences Park is a summer celebration for the culture.

With a lineup of events featuring a Greek Step Show, a 2.5 Walk/Run, a Flag Raising Ceremony, Outdoor Museum Exhibitions, a Musical Stage Play, and more, the whole month of June will be filled with many moments to pull in honor of those that fought for our freedom.   

Interested in being a vendor during the festival?

Want to perform?

The Memphis Juneteenth Festival kicks off June 5th with events taking place all throughout the month!

Memphis Athletic Ministries has teamed up with the Memphis Grizzlies and Memphis Grizzlies Youth to bring young ballers together for the Juneteenth Jr. NBA Grizzlies 3v3 Tournament!

Perks include

  • Jr NBA Grizzlies jerseys for each player
  • Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams
  • Appearances by NBA/WNBA legends
  • Grizzlies entertainment team performances

Can't pull up to the function?

There are many ways you can support the local black community on Juneteenth, and beyond.

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