Juneteenth and Jazz Community Celebration

Saturday, June 15th, 2024

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg with performances, art making activities, and FREE admission for all. Also enjoy nearby celebrations: Indy Juneteenth at Military Park and Juneteenth Celebration: History, Health and the Arts at the Indiana State Museum.

Juneteenth: A Brief History

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to ensure all enslaved people were freed. As the news spread, so too did the celebrations – Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, was born. Today, people across the country celebrate with barbecues, parades, prayers services, music, and more.

In 2021, the US Federal Government acknowledged Juneteenth as a national holiday

The Eiteljorg Celebrates Juneteenth

In honor of the 150th anniversary, the Eiteljorg hosted its first Juneteenth celebration in 2015 with community partners, performances, food, art, and free museum admission. That event was so popular, we decided to make it an annual tradition!

Juneteenth & Jazz: Celebrating Freedom

Performances will be held outside under The Sails, weather permitting. Enjoy family activities throughout the day. No ticket reservation required.

Schedule of Performances


10:30 a.m. – African Americans in Art Tour in the Western Art Galleries

11 a.m. – Welcome & Christopher Wilburn singing

11:15 a.m. – Poetry Reading by Patrice Stokes

11:30 a.m. – Cassius Goens Quartet

12:30 p.m. – Break

1:20 p.m. – Siteaw drum circle

2:15 p.m. – Rob Dixon quartet

3:30 p.m. – “Str8 Up Frederick Douglass” by Asante Art Institute in Clowes



A big thanks to Tammy Cooper for partnering with us on this event.

About Tammy: Tammy is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was born and raised. Tammy is a community advocate, influencer, and college professor. She is a graduate of Wilberforce University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s of Science in Business Management with a focus in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Tammy is an active volunteer in the Indianapolis community and enjoys teaching black history 365 days a year.  Tammy is the Program Director of the Sankofa Movement group, which teaches black history through live performances that portray famous African American men and women.  Tammy also has a Sankofa Black History collection that is offered for display at local events, schools, or churches.  Tammy is passionate about education and community engagement.

Additional Resources

Books by Black Authors

  • In the Language of My Captor by Shane McCrae
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Stony the Road by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
  • Zeely by Virginia Hamilton
  • On the Bus with Rosa Parks by Rita Dove
  • To ‘Joy My Freedom: southern Black
  • Lives and Labors after the Civil War
  • The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes
  • Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Cane by Jean Toomer
  • This Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson (Children’s books)

Movies by Black Filmmakers

  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Do The Right Thing
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • 13th

Virtual Panel Discussion: The History and Significance of Juneteenth

Watch 2021 virtual panel on Juneteenth

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