Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation, soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas ordering slave holding Texans to comply with the freeing of enslaved Americans. Thus Juneteenth was born!
Schedule of Events:
10:00am Storytime with Mayor Hardie Davis
11:00am (Virtual) Jessye Norman School of the Arts Video Performance
12:00pm Keynote Address: Understanding the Spirit of Juneteenth. Before There Was A Last Freed, There Had To Be A First Freed! by Wayne O’Bryant
1:00pm (Virtual) Poem by Sistah Olufemi of the Kuumbah Storytellers
2:00pm AMH Tiny Trolley Concert (Juneteenth Edition) featuring Modern Jazz Movement
3:00pm Closing Lecture by Erin Prentiss of the Augusta Richmond County Library
Museum galleries will be open from 10am-5pm for guests to enjoy self-guided tours, historic games, and take home activities!
Music, dance performances, children’s activities, and a car and motorcycle show throughout the day will commemorate the richness of Black culture and highlight Black history, stories, businesses, and artists.
Free COVID-19 vaccinations for those older than 12 and voter registration opportunities will also be available. Members of the Changin’ Lanez Car Club and the Tru Ikonz Motorcycle will be on hand as well.
Lineup of Events:
- 8AM: Decorate Vehicles and Line Up
- 9AM – 10AM: Motor Parade (IKONZ Sports Bar & Grill – 1515 N Leg Rd, Augusta)
- 10AM – 2PM: Celebration, COVID Vax Clinic, Voter Registration (Southgate Plaza, 1631 Gordon Hwy, Augusta)
- 2PM – 6PM: Celebration at IKONZ Sports Bar
- Starting: IKONZ Sports Bar & Grill, 1515 North Leg Road
- Wrightsboro Road to Laney Walker Blvd. Turn Right.
- Turn left onto James Brown Blvd to Broad Street.
- Turn right onto Broad to East Boundary.
- Right on East Boundary
- Left onto E. Chapman following around onto E. Taylor and back to East Boundary to Laney Walker Blvd.
- Left onto Martin Luther King Blvd. to Gordon Highway
- Left onto Gordon Highway to Southgate Plaza.
Visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture’s webpage (The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth) for more information on Juneteenth.
Mega Festival celebrating the emancipation of our enslaved ancestors, which took place on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed years before, the news did not get to Galveston, Texas until 1865. It is recognized as “Freedom Day” and events take place all over the country.
Come enjoy presentations, gospel singing, corn hole tournament, battle of the DJs, Greek Step Show, Taste of Southern Soul Food Vendors, pop-up shop, support black owned businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations, kidtrepreneurs, kids zone…..and end the night with the Juneteenth Pre-Fathers Day Southern Soul concert featuring ATL Dream Vision, Nelson ‘Sugashackman’ Curry, and Big Pokey aka ‘Mr. Sidepiece’ hosted by Comedian Saseddrick! This is an amazing jam packed day for all to enjoy!
See all event rules and regulations and purchase tickets here.
Schedule of Events
8am-12pm Saturday Market
9am-12pm Cornhole Tournament
11am-1pm Taste of Southern Soul Gospel
11am-4pm All Day Music, Retail Vendor Crawl & Kids Play Area
11am-5pm Taste of Southern Soul Food Festival
2pm-4pm Taste of Southern Soul Business Expo
6pm-7pm Taste of Southern Soul Battle of the DJs
8pm-10pm Taste of Southern Soul Concert featuring “Big Pokey Bear” and Friends (VIP Tickets available)