Gloucester Juneteenth Festival
Sunday, June 19
10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
CAM Green, 13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA
This program is free and open to the public.
Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States! The Gloucester Juneteenth Festival is presented at the Cape Ann Museum Green by the North Shore Juneteenth Association and CAM’s Community Engagement Committee Member, Toni Waldron, who hosted the first Gloucester Juneteenth Celebration in 2021.
Learn about the Juneteenth Holiday and its connection to Cape Ann history while celebrating Black history through music, dance and food. Visit the special exhibition of Doris Prouty’s quilts on display at the Janet & William Ellery James Center and tour the historic White-Ellery House.
As described by the North Shore Juneteenth Association, “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, a day to reflect on how far we have come and how we will continue to move forward, and a day to focus on the complexity of the Black American experience.”