Celebrate Juneteenth

Jun 13, 2022

Twin Ports Juneteenth Celebration Events include the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Join in the festivities on June 19 in celebration of when word reached the south about slavery’s end. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is celebrated to commemorate the day—June 19, 1865—when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free.  Though the Civil War ended several months prior, and the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it took time for the enactment of slavery’s abolishment to actually happen.

One of the events for the newly established federal holiday is the NAACP Juneteenth celebration at the Central Hillside Community Center—12 East Fourth Street in Duluth—from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Black-owned businesses and local nonprofits will be tabling at the event, including the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The event also will have food, an open mic, and special entertainment. The event is free, and all are welcome.

“We are looking forward to and encourage people in our community to participate in these celebrations as a way to strengthen the ties in our community, support local businesses, and build networks for stronger community responses to the challenges Duluthians face,” said Interim LSBE Associate Dean Jannifer David.

Festivities Commemorating Juneteenth  

  • Thursday, June 16, noon, Duluth City Hall
    Duluth Mayor Proclamation

  • Friday, June 17, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Duluth City Hall
    Honor Our Elder's Luncheon

  • Saturday, June 18, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Bakers Island in Superior 
    Twin Ports Juneteenth Celebration 

  • Sunday, June 19, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Hillside Sports Court, Fourth Avenue East & Eighth Street, Duluth
    St. Marks Gospel Brunch

  • Sunday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Central Hillside Community Center, 12 East Fourth Street, Duluth
    NAACP Annual Juneteenth Jubilee

All events are FREE!


The National Museum of African American History - Juneteenth

Zinn Education Project - Juneteenth Emancipation Day

PBS - Juneteenth Jamboree

Black History Month Virtual Film Festival

Mags David, Social Science Librarian, created this guide to streaming videos currently available to students, staff, and faculty at UMD from the KM Library.

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