Juneteenth & Jazz Community Celebration

Saturday, June 18
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Eiteljorg with performances, art making activities, and FREE admission for all.

Juneteenth & Jazz

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

Schedule of Performances

10:00 a.m.: Poetry reading by Patrice Stokes

10:15 a.m.: Freetown Village Singers

10:45 a.m.: Poetry reading by Patrice Stokes

11 a.m.: The Lewis Storytellers

12:30 p.m.: Greg Sansing & the Jazzsetters

2 p.m.: Rob Dixon quartet

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.

Virtual Panel Discussion: The History and Significance of Juneteenth

Watch last year’s virtual panel on Juneteenth

Additional Resources from Last Year’s Celebration

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

Thank you to our Contributors

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

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

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