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What Is Juneteenth?

What Is Juneteenth?

What happened on June 19, 1865 is worth celebrating

On June 19, 1865, federal troops marched into Galveston, TX announcing that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Although Union soldiers delivered the news two and a half years late, their arrival marked the end of slavery in the United States. That's why June 19, or Juneteenth, is celebrated nationwide.

The Tuscaloosa Black Heritage Festival is a Juneteenth celebration for all ages, and it's happening this year at Snow Hinton Park. Visit the Events page now to see what's happening.

Educational fun for the whole family

Attending a Juneteenth celebration is the perfect way to teach kids about Black history. The Tuscaloosa Black Heritage Festival will feature family-friendly fun like...

  • Face painting
  • Arts and crafts
  • Bounce houses
Your family is sure to learn a lot from the keynote speakers, musicians and artists. We hope to see you at this year's Juneteenth celebration.