Juneteenth 2021 in Saint Paul

Juneteenth 2021 in Saint Paul

Ways to honor and celebrate Juneteenth 2021 in Saint Paul

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, is celebrated on June 19. 

Here are ways to honor and celebrate Juneteenth in Saint Paul:

The First Annual Juneteenth Sweet Potato Comfort Pie (SPCP) Jubilee

Friday, June 18 | 11am-6pm | Western Sculpture Park
In Celebration of Juneteenth and in Partnership with the 25th Annual Peace Celebration, the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie® Jubilee will feature a sweet potato pie competition, the Character values live Photo Exhibit, FREE food, Stage reading of the Kumbayah: The Juneteenth Story, gift giveaway, and more.

Juneteenth: A Celebration with Music & Community

Saturday, June 19 | 3-4:30pm | Boyd Park
Hosted by the YWCA St. Paul, this event celebrates and acknowledges a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Enjoy music and entertainment from T. Mychael Rambo, Singer Thomasina Petrus, Violinist Emilia Mettenbrink with Pianist Franco Holder, Walker West Youth Jazz Ensemble and more! Food trucks will be available to purchase refreshments.

St. Paul Public Library Juneteenth Program

Saturday, June 19 | Online and on SPNN
The St. Paul Public Library is partnering with OMG Media to celebrate Juneteenth with a 30-minute historical video tracing the Duluth Lynchings' story featuring Josie Johnson and Bryan Stevenson. The video airs on SPNN on June 19 and will be available online, as well. Check out SPPL's historical context for Juneteenth, videos and family resources

Juneteenth Events in the Twin Cities and Beyond

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the oldest Black-owned newspaper in Minnesota, has an excellent list of free community Juneteenth celebrations in the Twin Cities and beyond, taking place between June 13-19, 2021.


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