Juneteenth Community Celebration

Saturday, June 19

Celebrate Juneteenth virtually with the Eiteljorg with a panel discussion, activities, and more.

Juneteenth & Jazz: Celebrating Freedom

Watch a recording of performances from Teresa Stewart, Freetown Village Singers, and Rob Dixon Quartet that occurred during our Juneteenth Community Celebration at the Eiteljorg on June 5

Virtual Panel Discussion: The History and Significance of Juneteenth

Recording of the live virtual panel hosted via Zoom webinar on June 11, 2021.

Saturday, June 19

Virtual Juneteenth Celebration: Freedom & Liberation

Celebrate Juneteenth and learn about three amazing Black women who shaped history

Linda Lewis Everett as Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Lana Talib as Betty Shabazz

Gloria Vaughn as Fannie Lou Hamer


Black-Owned Restaurants in Indianapolis



  • Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles
  • PI Indy
  • Barb-B-Q Heaven
  • Garrett’s Smokehouse Barbecue
  • Hank’s Smoked Briskets
  • House of Soul Cafe
  • I Heart Mac & Cheese
  • The Eat Factory
  • Cleo’s Bodega & Cafe
  • The Cul De Sac Kitchen (Vegan)
  • The Food Firm
  • The Sweet Potato LLC


  • Gordon’s Milkshake Bar
  • LiftOff Creamery
  • Sweeties Gourmet Treats

Black Owned Businesses in Indianapolis

  • Haven Yoga Studio
  • The Yoga Counselor
  • Black Amethyst Naturals
  • Shea Bodyworks
  • Just Ride Indy
  • Indy Juneteenth
  • Jaell Products
  • In My Sistas Ear
  • Pearliebeee

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
Juneteenth, a brief history:

On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to bring the news that the Civil War had ended and 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, 47 states have passed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, and you can find people across the country celebrating with barbecues, parades, prayers services, music and more.

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 to it an annual tradition at the museum, extending free museum admission to all on the first Saturday in June. Though the current pandemic put a damper on the some experiences offered in the past, it has afforded us space and time to grow the festival online. In 2021, we look forward to offering both an online and a scaled down in-person event, to keep our visitors safe. We hope you’ll join us in the way that makes you feel most comfortable.

Thank you to our Contributors

Fun at home activity (Click on the image to download)

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