Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival

African American Museum of Iowa - Juneteenth

Location: African American Museum of Iowa
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
609 1st Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA

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Date: Friday, June 14 2019

The 2019 Juneteenth celebration will be held on June 14 (at the AAMI) and June 15 (at Viola Gibson Park).

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America.
After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, owners in many isolated areas kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Confederate Galveston, Texas. Since that day, Juneteenth has been celebrated to honor the African Americans who built this nation.