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Juneteenth Celebration

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Beginning in June 2021, Ohio University will provide programming and activities to commemorate Juneteenth. Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19 each year, marks our country’s second independence day. Although Juneteenth has long celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.

Schedule of Events - Saturday, June 19, 2021

Time Event Location
10:00 a.m.                                     

Juneteenth Health Walk

Start your Juneteenth celebration with a health walk. During this event, participants will walk the Athens bike path together to commemorate Juneteenth. Register to participate below:

Register

NOTE: Attendees will be required to follow the state of Ohio and University COVID-19 policies and protocols. Attendees who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks. Please review the Be Safe Bobcats webpage prior to event attendance.

Meet at the Mill Street Bike Path Access 

 

Access the Athens Bike Path Map for location directions

3:00 p.m. - 

6:00 p.m.                                                

Juneteenth Festival

The Juneteenth Festival will include live music, food, vendors, and activities for children. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets, water, and sunscreen, so you can hang out and enjoy the live music!

*Participants are asked to bring a personal hygiene item or beauty product to donate. Donated items will be available to OHIO students of color via the Being Black In College program sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Student Success and Retention.

Register to attend below:

Register 

NOTE: Attendees will be required to follow the state of Ohio and University COVID-19 policies and protocols. Attendees who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks. Please review the Be Safe Bobcats webpage prior to event attendance.

Ohio University - South Green

Parking Lot 55 

(Near River Park Apartments)

Festival Location Map

Juneteenth Location Map

About Juneteenth

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas. 

Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture. (2020). Historic Legacy of Juneteenth. Retrieved online.

Learn more about the Historic Legacy of Juneteeth by visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture website.