Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, marks the day when news of emancipation reached the enslaved people of Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. We've curated a number of events happening with groups on campus and in the local community as ways to celebrate, learn, and connect with others.
Saturday, June 17, 10 AM meet, 11 AM parade
The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center and LGBT Employee Resource Group invite the Princeton University community to participate in the Princeton Pride March, which is organized by the Bayard Rustin Center. Participation is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life. Princeton participants are asked to pre-register. Princeton RISE summer service interns with the Bayard Rustin Center and GSRC are helping organize this intersectional Princeton Pride and Juneteenth celebration. More parade information.
Saturday, June 17, 12-4 PM
Join the Princeton University Art Museum and Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum to celebrate Juneteenth with barbecue fare, kid’s activities, music, and mosaic-making workshop. Tickets and more information.
Saturday, June 17, 12-8 PM
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County will host the Juneteenth Weekend Finale. Held at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor, the event welcomes a lineup of award-winning and renowned musical artists, both local and national. Some main attractions include Jeff Bradshaw, Carol Riddick, Pablo Perez "El Alcalde de la Salsa" and the B-Side band.
Sunday, June 18, 10 AM
This educational forum at the Princeton Public Library is sponsored by the Princeton Civil Rights Commission in partnership with the Princeton Public Library and Princeton Human Services. It will explore Juneteenth and what it means today. More details.
Monday, June 19, 12 PM
The Municipality of Princeton invites the community to join officials during a brief flag-raising ceremony commemorating Juneteenth. More details.
Monday, June 19, 2 PM
Founder of Arts Against Racism Rhinold Lamar Ponder will open the Morven Museum & Garden gallery on Juneteenth with a lecture entitled “Reclaiming Humanity Through Art.” The talk is a discussion f the role of the arts and creatives in the perpetual efforts to restate and reclaim the humanity of those impacted by the legacy of slavery and its aftermath. Learn more about the Beyond Freedom art exhibit.
Monday, June 19, 7 PM
2023 Grammy Award-winning baritne and Metropolitan Opera star Will Liverman performs with pianist Kevin Miller. This event is part of the Princeton Festival's Juneteenth Celebration, presented in partnership with the Municipality of Princeton.
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 PM
The YMCA will sponsor a special viewing of the movie Hidden Figures, which highlights the contributions of black women to the NASA space program during the Space Race days. The movie will be shown at the Hillsborough, Plainfield, Princeton, Somerset Hills, and Somerville YMCAs. These events are FREE and open to the entire community. Location details.