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
Recording of the live virtual panel hosted via Zoom webinar on June 11, 2021.
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
Black Owned Businesses in Indianapolis
Books by Black Authors
Movies by Black Filmmakers
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.
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.