• Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

    Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.

    As part of the local Juneteenth celebration, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts a day long event featuring activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. The 2017 Juneteenth Celebration boasted over 4,000 attendees from across the state, with over 50 participating vendors, performers, and sponsors. 

    THANK YOU to our sponsors, vendors and everyone from Central Arkansas who came out and made Juneteenth 2017 the best yet! We look forward to continue growing this event in 2018! 

    Vendor registration for Juneteenth 2018 is NOW OPEN! This year's event will be noon to 6 p.m. on June 16, 2018. Download the vendor registration form here: Juneteenth Vendor Registration Juneteenth Vendor Registration (332 KB) **PLEASE NOTE: The vendor registration deadline has been extended to June 1, 2018**

    Want to become a sponsor for this year's event? Download our sponsorship packet to learn how you can support this important celebration in our community: Juneteenth Sponsorship Packet - 2018 Juneteenth Sponsorship Packet - 2018 (882 KB)





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