June 2, 2021

Where to Celebrate Juneteenth North of Boston

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From the North Shore Juneteenth Association

Juneteenth falls every year on June 19th, and with so many cities across the commonwealth planning great events this month, there are lots of ways for you to show up and celebrate!

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is an American Holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the date that enslaved Black people of Galveston, Texas, learned that President Abraham Lincoln had freed enslaved people in rebel states two and a half years earlier. This was the last group of enslaved Black people to learn of their freedom! 

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. Is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how we will continue to move forward. Juneteenth is The Black American Independence Day.

To learn more about Juneteenth, head to https://north-shore-juneteenth-assoc.constantcontactsites.com/

Where to Celebrate Juneteenth North of Boston

Check out these great events happening this month either online or on the North Shore.

Juneteenth Festival Celebrating Freedom

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This is a free event! We will be celebrating the Juneteenth holiday in collaboration with Lynn Museum!
Come to the Lynn Museum courtyard to shop and learn more about Black-Owned Businesses in the area, listen to poetry, music and learn about the Juneteenth Holiday! All attendees are encouraged to wear a mask and adhere to the safety protocol of the Lynn Museum.

Juneteenth Block Party Celebration! | Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices, Inc. – Saturday, June 19th @ 4:00 pm

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Join Merrimack Valley Black and Brown Voices, Inc for an evening long event! This year’s Juneteenth celebration is block party style with music, performances, and food!

Want to perform or volunteer? Email mayara@mvbbvoices.org

The Classical 5 Celebration Event | Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts – Friday, June 11 @ 6:00pm

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Join the starting five members of the Lynn Classical High School 1979-1980 State Championship Basketball team to celebrate their excellence on and off the court on Friday, June 11th from 6-8pm.Relive the historic moment of their record breaking season, hear what the team has been up to since becoming state champs over 40 years ago, and learn how they have continued to stay involved in Lynn athletics over the years.

Boston’s 11th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance 2021 (VIRTUAL) – Saturday June 19th @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

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Boston’s Juneteenth Committee presents the 11th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Observance with keynote speakers, performances, and musical highlights. The event is free to attend. Register here.

Salem United, Inc. Presents: Unmasking & Evolution of Negro Election Day and The Black Vote | Hamilton Hall – Summer 2021

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Through more than twenty paintings, displays, and banners, visitors will learn how the first black voting system evolved into Salem’s 281-year-old “Black Picnic Day” celebration.  Guests will learn how West African slaves pioneered Black self-governance, and how white America used voting suppression methods to constrain elections. 

Exhibit: Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn | Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts | Currently On View

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A collaborative exhibit between the Lynn Museum and members of Lynn’s Black community. This exhibit explores the history of Black people of Lynn from the colonial period to present day. Focusing on individuals, events, and thematic areas the exhibit covers a wide variety of topics, including culture and identity, the lives of free and enslaved people, and the significant leadership roles Black Lynners have played in the community.

Celebrating Black Voices: Collaborative Collage and Book Fair | The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio – Saturday, June 26th @ 12:00 pm

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On June 26, 2021 there will be a celebration of Black voices including Black authors, Black artists and more. This event is being organized by The Artful Life in collaboration with North Shore Juneteenth Association.

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