NYC Celebrates Juneteenth 2024

 

 

 

From our archives, Africa Day Parade, Harlem

Juneteenth, now a Federal Holiday, is celebrated annually on June 19th ~ with a plethora of events and activities leading up to the Holiday. It is a day to reflect on the ending of slavery, when on June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger ordered the final enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas at the end of the American Civil War.

It should also be mentioned that it was President Joe Biden who signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in 2021, thus making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday. With too many events and activities to mention, here are just a few ways to celebrate the day.

The Legendary Ingramettes Kick-Off Juneteenth Celebrations at Flushing Town Hall ~ June 14

The Legendary Ingrates. Photo credit: Edwin Remsberg

Flushing Town Hall will present The Legendary Ingramettes in an early Juneteenth celebration that offers glorious harmonies and roof-raising gospel vocals, backed by a house-shaking rhythm section.

 

Schomburg Center Literary Festival ~ June 15

Schomburg Center Literary Festival programming features some of the most talented writers and influential figures in culture today. The festival is built on the foundation created by Arturo Schomburg–encouraging freedom of thought, the relentless pursuit of Black history, and the engagement of our imagination towards our collective freedom.

 

Juneteenth Jazz Jubilee with Jazzmobile ~ June 15

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Music on The Inside for our annual Juneteenth celebration of freedom, resilience, and community. This benefit concert for Music on The Inside brings together formerly incarcerated musicians with top jazz artists for a rousing celebration of emancipation through music and the continuing fight for criminal and social justice in the United States.

The concert will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 7-9pm at Adler Hall, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, NYC.

Ticket sales support MOTI’s work building harmony and hope in criminal justice!

 

Juneteenth Family Day at Green-Wood Cemetery ~ June 15

Green-Wood Cemetery. Image via Wikipedia

Celebrate this important holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States by delving deep into Black history at Green-Wood!

Participate in free kids’ art activities in our Historic Chapel with our partner ASNEAA and take a self-guided tour of the gravesites of fascinating Black historical figures. Maps and biographies of featured burial sites will be available when you enter the Cemetery, and our trolley will run on a loop to all sites so folks can hop on and off as they please. If you’ve attended in previous years—come again! This year we’ll be highlighting several new historical figures.

For this event, please enter the Cemetery throughout Main Entrance at 500 25th Street and make your way to our Historic Chapel. Craft activities and tour materials can be found there.

 

The Harlem Drummers in Marcus Garvey Park ~ June 15

If it’s Saturday, and the weather permits, The Harlem Drummers will be in the Harlem Drum Circle in Marcus Garvey Park, on the Madison Avenue side of the Park between 123rd and 124th Streets.

 

 

‘Hidden Figures’ for Juneteenth at The United Palace ~ June 19

Meet the women you don’t know, behind the mission you do. After Duck Soup, Movies at the Palace: The Season of Friendship will continue with this hit 2016 biographical drama following the true story of a team of female African American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. This screening of Hidden Figures on Juneteenth will include a special pre-show introduction by Caprice Phillips, visiting scientist at the American Museum of Natural History and vice-president of Black in Astro, whose goal is to celebrate and amplify Black scientists and engineers within the space community. Tickets are now available!

 

The Met Expert Talks with Artist Beau McCall ~ June 18

© Beau McCall

oin artist Beau McCall, also known as “The Button Man,” as he explores the representation of buttons in The Met collection. McCall creates wearable and visual art by hand-sewing buttons onto mostly up-cycled fabrics, materials, and objects.  His works offer commentary on topics such as pop culture and social justice. View selections of McCall’s work, learn about his artistic connection to Harlem, and gain an understanding of how buttons reflect a celebration of Juneteenth. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth ~ June 19

The Broadway League’s Black to Broadway initiative announces the return of Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth, a free outdoor concert centered around Black artistry and unity that will feature an entirely Black Broadway cast performing Broadway musical numbers. The concert will be hosted by Michael James Scott and take place in Times Square on Wednesday, June 19th from 11:00am – 12:30pm (rain or shine) as the community gathers to honor and celebrate this important holiday.

 

Juneteenth Celebration at Carnegie Hall ~ June 19

Carnegie Hall Wikipedia. Photo credit: Away Suresh, New York, NY

Juneteenth honors the beginning of our nation’s true independence—the freedom for all members of the reunited nation after the American Civil War. More than 400 years after the first enslaved African people were brought to the North American colonies, the fight for justice and equity continues. Join Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Jr., notable honorees, distinguished speakers, and renowned artists for this national celebration of Black culture.

 

Juneteenth Black Music & Dance Festival in Marcus Garvey park ~ June 22

NJMH Juneteenth Black Music and Dance Celebration is an outdoor music and dance celebration rooted in community, movement, and sounds from the Black Diaspora.  June 22nd, 4-8pm ~ A Free Event in Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park, Presented in partnership with NYC Parks.

Juneteenth Black Music and Dance Festival is curated by Sekou McMiller, Curator of Special Projects.

 

Visit Juneteenth Grove at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn

Juneteenth Grove, Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn ~ image courtesy NYC Parks Department

The Juneteenth Grove is dedicated in solidarity with the Black community to the fight to end systemic racism.

 

African American Landmarks & Historic Districts in NYC ~ an Interactive Story Map

nyc Landmarks Preservation Commission site, Before 1865

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) created an interactive story map to celebrate New York City’s African American history through its designated places. Entitled Preserving Significant Places of Black History, it celebrates New York City’s African American history through designated landmarks and historic districts. For five decades LPC has been recognizing, supporting, and celebrating places of African American cultural and historic significance through designation. This story map highlights landmarks and historic districts that illustrate the experiences and achievements of African Americans through interactive maps, narrative text, images, and multimedia content.

 

Seneca Village Unearthed ~ Online

One nearly complete light blue transfer printed and molded gothic style whiteware teapot consisting of 49 mended body, handle, spout, and rim sherds. Cross-mends with contexts 9531.51 (1 sherd) and 9531.53 (1 sherd) as well. The transfer printed pattern is “Florentine” after the city of Florence, Italy, which was a popular stop on the Grand Tour. The pattern was very popular and fourteen different Staffordshire potteries (England) made ceramics with a Florentine pattern. Date made: 1815-1915

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) announced the launch of Seneca Village Unearthed, an online exhibit and collection of artifacts from what was once New York City’s largest community of free African-American landowners. Seneca Village was located in what is now Central Park, a scenic landmark. Through this online exhibit and collection, the general public will for the first time have access to nearly 300 artifacts and get a glimpse of what life was like for Seneca villagers in the mid-19th century.

 

Visit The Historical African Burial Ground Downtown

The Maerschalck map of the City of New York is a historic map made in 1754 that clearly shows the African Burial Ground and its surrounding neighborhood Library of Congress

African Burial Ground (managed by the National Park Service) is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. It protects the historic role slavery played in building New York. The Visitors Center is located at 290 Broadway; The outside memorial is located at the intersection of African Burial Ground Way (formerly Elk Street) and Duane Street.

 

Historic Site of African Burial Ground in East Harlem to Become a Monument

A view of the former site of the first Harlem burying ground/African Burial Ground in 1903, viewed from 127th Street near the Willis Avenue Bridge. At that time the site was part of the Sulzer’s Harlem River Park. Image via nycemetery.wordpress.com

In the summer of 2017, the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force unveiled ten presentation boards in the lobby of the State Office Building on West 125th Street. The boards told an incredible story of a burial ground located on East 126th Street, under the current bus depot, with history dating back to the 1660s ~ and exhumations continuing to this day.

 

Visit New Amsterdam Musical Association (NAMA), the Oldest Union for Black Musicians in the United States, in Harlem

Founded in 1904, NAMA is the oldest African-American Musical organization in the United States. It was founded at the time that the American Federation of Musicians Local 310 didn’t admit minority musicians. Follow on Facebook.

 

Take a Historic Harlem Walking Tour

Mural ‘Spirit of Harlem’ by artist Louis Del Sarte, Commissioned for the people of Harlem by North Fork Bank, 2005 and restored and dedicated to the Harlem community in 2018. Located on the corner of 125th Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem. Photo credit: AFineLyne

Harlem-based tour company Welcome To Harlem originated in 2004 with tour guides who are born and raised in the neighborhood. Tours range from walking tours through historic neighborhoods to jamming jazz and gospel.

 

Explore Victor Hugo Green & The Green Books Online

Covers of The Negro Motorist Green Book published by Victor H. Green: 1940, 1956, and 1962. Public access via the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, New York Public Library

The Green Book, a guidebook for black Americans, was published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green from 1936 to 1966, during the Jim Crow era in America as a way for working-class African-Americans to pursue the American Dream of travel before and during the Civil Rights Movement. The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture houses the full digital collection of Green Books and other similar guides. They are available free online.

 

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

National Museum of African American History & Culture

Read more about Juneteenth and its historical legacy, written by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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