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Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists View map Free Event

300 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02119
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Juneteenth is the oldest known observance commemorating the end of slavery in the United States dating back to 1865. 2023 marks Juneteenth’s 3rd year as an official MA state holiday. As our country continues to reckon with the history of slavery and the many ways racial injustice continues today, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate, honor our ancestors, and reflect on what freedom and belonging mean to us.


This celebration is hosted annually on June 19th by the Boston Juneteenth Committee and the Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists and includes a parade, music, community vendors, refreshments, award presentations, and Keynote Speaker Tania Fernandez Anderson, City Councilor, District 7. There is fun for all ages!


MassArt's sparc! the ArtMobile will host an on-site art studio where you can design community quilt squares, get a print of the Emancipation Proclamation, a Juneteenth Button and other projects.



12:00PM Flag-Raising at Dillaway Thomas House

1:00PM Parade to Museum

2:15PM Museum Grounds Open

4:00PM Emancipation Program


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