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2021 Juneteenth Celebrations | Wisconsin Historical Society

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2021 Juneteenth Celebrations in Wisconsin

2021 Juneteenth Celebrations | Wisconsin Historical Society

Juneteenth is a family-friendly community event commemorating the freeing of the last enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed January 1, 1863, slavery had continued in Texas as the state had no significant presence of Union troops to enforce the new law of the land. That finally ended on June 19, 1865, when Major General George Granger landed in Galveston, Texas, and issued an order ensuring the 250,000 remaining enslaved African Americans would be freed.

Thereafter, June 19 - or "Juneteenth" as it came to be called - became the special Independence Day celebrated by African Americans, especially those in the Southwest. Originally centered in family gatherings with special food, storytelling, sports, and games, Juneteenth festivities have evolved into more elaborate community festivals featuring parades, exhibits, and music celebrating African American heritage and emancipation. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth was designated a federal holiday.

Below is a listing of the locations across the state of Wisconsin that will be celebrating Juneteenth 2021.

Image of a flag with white star and white starburst over blue sky and red rolling ground background

Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth flag was created in 1997 by activist and organizer Ben Haith, who founded the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation.

Appleton

11th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Sunday, June 13, 2021, 5-11 pm

Hosted by: African Heritage, Inc., Celebration

Location: Jones Park, 301 W. Lawrence St., Appleton, WI

Information: (see website)

Website: africanheritageinc.org

 

Beloit

Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9 am-5 pm

Hosted by: Rising Queens, Inc

Location: Harry Moore Pavilion, S. Riverside Dr., Beloit, WI

Information: 608-886-9760

Website: risingqueensinc.com

 

Burlington

2nd Annual Juneteenth Rally

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 2-8 pm 

Hosted by: The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism (BCD) Racism

Location: Echo Park, 595 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, WI

Information: amyhkrueger@gmail.com

Website: bcdracism.org

 

Eau Claire

Juneteenth 2021

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 1 pm

Hosted by: Uniting Bridges and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Location: Carson Park Dr., Eau Claire, WI

Information: 507-858-4024   Email: unitingbridges@gmail.com

Website: unitingbridges.org

 

Fond du Lac

Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 11 am-5 pm 

Hosted by: Ebony Vision

Location: Buttermilk Creek Park, 700 S. Park Ave., Fond du Lac, WI

Information: 920-979-7372   Email: ebonyvisionfdl@ebonyvisionfdl.org

Website: ebonyvisionfdl.org

*Note: All Soul Food meal orders need to be paid prior to the event by contacting the event host at the above phone or email address. Meal cost is $10. 

 

Green Bay

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Noon-7 pm

Hosted by: We All Rise-African American Resource Center

Location: Murphy Park, 1627 Dousman St., Green Bay, WI

Information: robin@weallriseaarc.org

Website: weallriseaarc.org

 

Juneteenth Parade & Festival: "The Chains are Broken: Let Freedom Ring"

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Parade 10 am-Noon, Festival Noon-5 pm

Hosted by: African American Community Parent Network (AACPN)

Location: Brown County Library, 515 Pine St – Green Bay, WI

Information: sharon.harper2954@ gmail.com

Website: N/A

 

La Crosse

Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Noon-6 pm

Hosted by: Black Student Leaders, B.L.A.C.K., UWL Black Student Unity, and Hope Restores

Location: Riverside Park

Information: 608-881-6418   Email: hoperestoreswi@gmail.com

Website: hoperestoreswi.org

 

Madison

2021 Kujichagulia Juneteenth Celebration Week: Black Resilience "Rising from the Ashes"

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Hosted by: Kujichagulia-Madison Center for Self Determination (MCSD)

Location: Penn Park, 2101 Fisher St., Madison, WI

Information: kujijuneteenth@gmail.com

Website: kujimcsd.org

 

Benefit: Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Noon-10 pm

Hosted by: The Biergarten at Olbrich Park and Nehemiah

Location: 3527 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI

Information: 608-257-2453

Website: nehemiah.org

 

Juneteenth Freedom Fest

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Noon-4 pm

Hosted by: Freedom, Inc.

Location: Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr., Madison, WI

Information: 608-630-8901

Website: freedom-inc.org

 

Milwaukee

2021 Juneteenth Day Parade & Celebration: 50th Anniversary Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 8 am-4 pm

Hosted by: Northcott Neighborhood House

Location: Event will be held on Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. between the intersections of Ring St. & Center St. Event Day Information Booth will be located at 3045 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee, WI (in front of the Clinton Rose Senior Center).

Parade will start at 8AM and will begin at the intersection of 14th & Atkinson and end on Burleigh St.

Information: 414-372-3770

Website: northcotthouse.org

 

Juneteenth Day Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 5-9 pm

Hosted by: Alice's Garden

Location: 2136 N. 21st St., Milwaukee, WI

Information: 414-687-0122

Website: alicesgardenmke.com

 

Racine

Juneteenth Day Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, Noon-8 pm

Hosted by: City of Racine Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department

Location: Dr. John Bryant Community Center, 601 Caron Butler Dr., Racine, WI

Information: 262-636-9235

Website: cityofracine.org

 

Stoughton

Juneteenth Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 5-8 pm

Hosted by: Mosaicos Cultural Enrichment, Eyes of Hope Stoughton, and the Itty Bitty Bookstore

Location: Chorus Public House, 154 W. Main St., Stoughton, WI

Information: 608-577-8306   Email: yolibeth@mosaicos.us

Website: mosaicos.us

 

Sun Prairie

Juneteenth: A Day of Celebration

Event Date & Time: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 2-8 pm

Hosted by: Sun Prairie African American Parent Network

Location: Sheehan Park, 925-1375 Linnerud Dr., Sun Prairie, WI

Information: 608-381-3423   Email: spaapn@gmail.com

Website: spaapn.com

 

Wausau

Juneteenth 2021 Wausau Celebration

Event Date & Time: June 19, 2021, 2-9 pm

Hosted by: Kayley Mccolley & Christine Salm

Location: Whitewater Music Hall and Brew Works, 130 1st St., Wausau, WI

Information: 715-551-5247   Email: kayleymccolley3500@gmail.com

Website: N/A

 

For more information, please contact Tanika Apaloo, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, at 608-264-6500 or tanika.apaloo@wisconsinhistory.org.