Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration 2008

Welcome to our community celebration

Juneteenth, An African American Cultural Festival, is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the slaves in Texas heard they were free. Many began to celebrate “Juneteenth” as a way to honor African-American history and culture. For African Americans and others, the Freedom Parade is a way to remember the struggles of those who blazed the path to change.

The Juneteenth Festival is the premier African American celebration for Syracuse and Central New York. It is a positive platform for encouraging acceptance of diversity and offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and challenges African Americans endured to achieve freedom.

The Juneteenth Festival is free and open to the public.

Juneteenth Schedule

Thursday June 12, 2008 Ancestral Recognition Ceremony
7:00 pm Dinner Program Dr. Martin Luther King School 416 E. Raynor Ave.

Tickets $30 For information call 491-4626

Friday June 13, 2008 Gospel, Youth & Family Day

This year a Gospel Family and Youth Day will be offered as a means to provide spiritual outreach to youth at risk of involvement in violence by involving the whole family in a variety of activities including speakers as well as cultural talent and spiritual music. The event will bring together many community partners to work in collaboration with the religious community.

2:00 pm Spirit of Jubilee Park

Featuring music and church food vendors

New Life Community Church
Prince of Peace Baptist Church
Tucker Missionary Baptist Church
Christ Missionary Baptist Church
Wilson Park
Living Water C.O.G.I.C.
Bell Grove
Foundation Gospel Group
The Bells of Harmony
Special Guest Shade of Heaven

Saturday June 14, 2008 Juneteenth Festival

Noon Freedom Parade Starts at the Park on New Street (and State Street)
then down Salina Street to Clinton Square

1:00 pm Kids Fun Zone

Sankofa Square Stage

The Juneteenth Festival is the premier African American celebration for Syracuse and Central New York. It is a positive platform for encouraging acceptance of diversity and offers an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the sacrifices and challenges African Americans endured to achieve freedom.

2:00 pm Sankofa Square Stage -many local artist and groups

2:00 pm Main Stage

Electric Relaxation
U.A.D.
Blacklights
John Puma
Charles Cannon