JUNETEENTH IN JACKSON

The City With Soul celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War - Juneteenth - with a slate of citywide events June 17-19.

FRIDAY, JUNE 17

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Jackson Convention Complex, 105 East Pascagoula Street • 6:30 pm
Live music, food vendors, a Kid Zone featuring cardinal games by local churches and community outreach. Gospel rap artist Condo Bo will begin the live music performances at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Time to Move Band, Epic Funk Brass Band and artist Stephanie Luckett. A fireworks display will begin after Luckett’s performance.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18

JUNETEENTH AT LACOUR RESTAURANT
La Cour
Highland Village, 4500 I-55 North • 11am-2pm
Giveaways, food sampling, coloring books available for the kids, cash bar outside, and interactive experiences.

"We appreciate the opportunity to invite you to celebrate with us," said LaCour's Ashley King.

JUNETEENTH EXPO FEATURING BOBBY RUSH AND THE MS MASS CHOIR
New Horizon Event Center • 1770 Ellis Avenue • FREE but a ticket is required.
Saturday – Financial Literacy | Health & Wellness | Free concert featuring Bobby Rush
Sunday – Mississippi Mass Choir and Paul Porter in concert

6th ANNUAL JUNETEENTH ON FARISH
Farish Street Historic District
• 300 N. Farish St. • 5-10 pm • FREE
The 6th Annual Juneteenth on Farish Festival is presented by Legacy Builders, MS Black Pages and Ourglass Media

"We are excited there are several Juneteenth events this year... and the energy surrounding them" said founder Brad Franklin. "There should be a whole weekend and I'm campaigning for a whole month."

SUNDAY, JUNE 19

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL
Smith Park • 302 East Amite Street • Noon - 7 pm • FREE
The JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL - Business Expo 2022 is an event for the culture and the community of Jackson, MS and surrounding areas to support Black-owned businesses. This is a family-friendly event that will be filled with diverse Black-owned businesses, fun, food, music, and more.

"I want to say thank you to (Brad Franklin), said an emotional Robin Knox, a Pascagoula native and recent JSU graduate. "I want to say thank you for being an example for me. Going to [Juneteenth on Farish] last year was the first time I ever celebrated Juneteenth. I'm a representation of that age group and a lot of us are just becoming aware of what Juneteenth is, celebrating our culture."

MISSISSIPPI VOTES JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION
Farish Street Historic District
• 2-8 pm • FREE
Join us for food, family, & fun. Celebrating Black joy, Black resistance, and Black fathers.

"We hope to engage the community around the upcoming midterm election," said Shaughnessy Rickmon, MS Votes Deputy Organizing Manager.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

FRIDAY, JUNE 17
JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION VICTORY DINNER
Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center
Invitation-only

"We come together as one community, one race - human," said Smith Robertson Director Gwen Harmon. "We're bringing together a diverse group of people who shown their love for the city - the past, present and future." The event will honor Richard Wright, Hezekiah Watkins and James Meredith. The event will also kick off a fundraising drive for Friends of Smith Robertson.

FREE ADMISSION ALL WEEKEND

  • Mississippi Museum of Art
    "We are excited about being part of the celebration," said MMA's Monique Davis. [A Movement in Every Direction] is dedicated to the resilience and self-determination of Black folks."
  • MS Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History
    Free admission is courtesy of Ingalls Shipbuilding. “We are honored to provide our shipbuilders and fellow Mississippians with the opportunity to learn more about our state’s African American history,” said Kari Wilkinson, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding.

BLACK BUSINESS CRAWL
Presented by Magnolia Sunset Markets
6/18 4-7 pm - Juneteenth Celebration with a BLOCK PARTY - Big K.R.I.T. mural - There will be vendors, sounds by DJ Java, food and more.
6/19 - Noon - 6 pm - Mississippi Museum of Art - FREE
6/20 - Cyber Shop Around - All Day - Support Black-owned business online
6/21 - Dine Around - Sugar's Place - 11 am - 1 pm - support this locally-owned small Black business
6/22 - Networking Event - 6-9 pm - Soule Coffee, Fondren
6/23 Sip Around - Names & Face Lounge - 7-9 pm
6/24 - Walk Around - Farish Street - All Day
6/25 - Dance Around - 10 pm - 2 am - "Juneting" at The Mosquito - $10

Juneteenth, June 19, known to some as the country’s second Independence Day, celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War. For more than 150 years, African American communities across the country have observed this holiday.

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