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Juneteenth Weekend 2022
June 16 @ 10:00 am - June 19 @ 3:30 pm
“Harriet Tubman Invites You to Celebrate Juneteenth in Her Hometown”
Auburn, New York, is planning a weekend-long Juneteenth celebration to commemorate Black and African American freedom and achievements June 16 through 19, 2022.
Designated as an official holiday for the first time in New York State on June 19, 2021, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. Its date originates back to June 19, 1865, when African Americans across the state of Texas were made aware of their right to freedom. While President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, (also signed by then Secretary of State William H. Seward), it wasn’t until three years later when Wayne County, NY-native Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger delivered ‘General Order No. 3’ that declared all enslaved people in Texas were free.
Since as early as June 19, 1866, in Galveston, TX, “Emancipation Day” has been observed with parades, prayer, singing, readings, picnics, and exhibits of African American history and art. Auburn, NY, is rich in Black history, pride, and culture, and this year’s Juneteenth event aims to be the largest the community has yet to host. See the full weekend schedule below and come share in celebrating the legacy of freedom and continuing toward a brighter future in the place where Harriet Tubman called home.
For more information on the Juneteenth Weekend Celebration 2022, visit www.tourcayuga.com/harriet-tubman/juneteenth-celebration.
Featured Events and Activities Celebrating Juneteenth Include…
Thursday, June 16 -Friday, June 17 & Saturday June 18
The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park Tours
10:00am- “Hike Through the History of Tubman” walking tours . Tours will depart from the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, 25 South Street.
2:00pm – “Harriet Tubman’s Home in Freedom” tour at the 180 South Street homesite. Contact email@example.com or (315)882-8060 for reservations.
4:00pm- National Park Service Rangers will also be at the Heritage Center at 25 South Street at 4:00pm to present free gallery talks, no registration needed.
Thursday, June 16
Movie on the Lawn: “Harriet”
Join us on the lawn at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center at 8:30pm or dark for a viewing of the 2019 film Harriet. Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest hero’s. Movie is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 5 minutes and admission is free.
Friday, June 17
First Annual Juneteenth Gala
Featuring community awards, hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and music by On the Move Entertainment at the Hilton Garden Inn from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $60 each; contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 18
Juneteenth Parade & Celebration
9:15 a.m.- “Ride Through History” trolley tours with the National Park Service and Seward House Museum. These free narrated tours will travel by the Seward Mansion, Seward Park, Tubman and Seward gravesites, Tubman’s church, and the historic Black neighborhood. Seating is limited; contact email@example.com or (315) 882-8060 for reservations. (Tours at 9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m.)
11 a.m.- City of Auburn Mayor Quill and Council Members invite all to join in the courtyard of the Heritage Center for the official City of Auburn Juneteenth 2022 Proclamation Ceremony and other special readings.
11:30 a.m.- The first annual Juneteenth Parade from the Heritage Center and City Hall down the Historic South Street Area Historic District to Booker T. Washington Community Center.
Booker T. Washington Center Events
Food, music, more than 30 vendors, and kid-friendly activities like an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, basketball shootout, slime station, and indoor film showing, plus much more. Live entertainment lineup features:
12 & 4 p.m.- On the Move Mobile DJ
12:30 p.m.- Performances by local youth
1 p.m.- Voices of Faith
1:30 pm.- Perform 4 Purpose
2:30 p.m.- Brownskin Band
Downtown Auburn Evening Events
5:00pm- Classic R&B with: U.A.D
6:30pm- Soul/Comedy Duo: SingTrece & Kenneth McLaurin
8:00pm- Sammy Hall of Fame Jazz Legend: Ronnie Leigh
Sunday, June 19
2:00pm- Womba Africa Drumming & Dance Group will perform for the first time at the historic Willard Memorial Chapel. Originally from the town of Nungua, Africa, the Womba Dance group shares the culture of Ghana through dance and music. Tickets are $10 per person.
Support for the Juneteenth weekend celebration is provided by the City of Auburn, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Auburn Downtown BID, NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, Cayuga County Office of Tourism, Seward House Museum, and Perform 4 Purpose.
This community celebration was made possible by the collaboration and partnership of the following diverse group of organizations, businesses, and individuals: City of Auburn; Booker T. Washington Community Center; Auburn Downtown BID; Harriet Tubman Memorial AME Zion Church; Harriet Tubman National Historical Park; Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Peace; NACCP of Cayuga County; Divine Coverings, LLC; The Muldrow Group; Harriet Tubman Boosters; Cayuga Action Programs Cayuga/Seneca; D+R Landscaping and Rubbish Removal; Cayuga County Office of Tourism; NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center; and City of Auburn Historic & Cultural Sites Commission.