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Ohio's Juneteenth Celebrations

Learn and commemorate activities recognizing the history and significance of Juneteenth.

Performance at a past Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival

Ohio's Juneteenth Celebrations

By Ohio.org Staff

Posted On: Jun 1, 2021

Juneteenth – June 19 – is a day celebrating the freeing of the last enslaved people on American soil. Taking place every June since 1865, the holiday marks the notification of African American slaves in Texas of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. Check out these Juneteenth events and festivals commemorating this historic day:

Cleveland's Juneteenth Freedom Fest - June 19 

From 12-10PM head to Mall C in Downtown Cleveland for a full day of events. You'll find everything from live music, food, local vendors to family-friendly fun. And be sure to check out Karamu House's "Freedom on Juneteenth: Songs of Liberation" performance at 6PM. 

Fun fact: Karamu House (founded in 1915)  is the oldest, producing African American theatre in the US. 

Black Music: The Soundtrack of Humanity - June 19 

Join the Ohio History Connection and co-host the National Afro–American Museum & Cultural Center for "A Juneteenth Commemoration with Dr. Ted McDaniel and Dr. Mark Lomax." The online event from 1-2:30PM features the two performers and educators discussing Black music. You can purchase tickets and register for the event through the website

Juneteenth Jubilee in Columbus - June 19 

Make your way to Goodale Park from 1-6PM for a festival featuring local vendors, food, music and more. 

Juneteenth Celebration in Athens - June 19 

Throughout June, Ohio University will be hosting several events. The highlight being their Juneteenth Celebration on June 19th from 3-6PM on the South Green. Featuring live music, food, vendors and kids activities, everyone is welcome to attend throughout the day. 

Note: OU is asking participants to bring a personal hygiene item/beauty product to donate. 

Cincinnati's 34th Juneteenth Festival - June 20

This virtual experience takes place on June 20th from 11AM-1PM. The virtual includes a series of concerts and perfromances that'll be streamed on YouTube, Vimeo, Community Cable and the local channel Fox19 (WXIX-TV). 

For more Ohio festivals and events, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.

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