Juneteenth 2018 is scheduled for June 16, noon to 6 p.m. This annual free festival is hosted at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and celebrates African American freedom and achievement.

National recording artists scheduled to perform include GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Shanice, Sir the Baptist and special host Larry Dodson of the Bar Kays.

The event will be emceed and co-hosted by Keef Glason of Power 92 FM. Local performers will include 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner Dazz & Brie, ZaeHD, Chris James and Ron Mac, Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe, BijouxBig John Miller Band, Golden Glitz and more.

In addition, other activities will be happening throughout the day, including vendors, food trucks, living history characters and film screenings. A screening of the documentary “Dreamland” will air at 1 p.m. in the third-floor auditorium, and “Soul Food Junkies” will air at 3 p.m. Also in the auditorium, at 4:30 p.m., Patrick Oliver will present an education program for youth, "Juneteenth: I'm Free, I Can Read and I Can Fly."

A kids zone will feature face painting, a video game truck, laser tag, rock climbing wall, water tinkering station and more! GoodFellas Barber College will be back again to provide free haircuts for kids. Local artist Perrion Hurd will host a free printmaking station for kids. AETN will host an education space for kids on the first floor of the museum. 

At the museum store, artist Danny Broadway will be available to speak with visitors and sign autographs. Najiba Moyer with Simple Soaps and Scrubs will also be in the museum store with samples of her handcrafted skin and beauty products.

Visitors are also invited to learn more about Arkansas history through the African American lens while exploring MTCC’s exhibits, including the new display, “Don’t Touch My Crown,” which examines the role of hair in how African Americans define themselves and are defined by others, from the late 19th century to the present.

Seating at the performance stage is limited; attendees are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Juneteenth 2018 Performance Schedule - Main Stage (9th Street & Arch)

12 p.m. - Little Rock Performance Band

12:20 p.m. - Welcome (MTCC Director Christina Shutt)

12:30 p.m. - Presentation of Governor's Proclamation

12:40 p.m. - Prayer (Pastor Barbara Douglas, St. Luke UMC)

1:00 p.m. - Golden Glitz

1:20 p.m. - Dazz and Brie

1:55 p.m. - Chris James and Ron Mc

2:15 p.m. - ZaeHD

2:50 p.m. - Big John Miller Band

3:25  p.m. - LaSheena Gordon and Special Guests

3:40 p.m. - Sir the Baptist

4:15 p.m. - Bijoux

4:50 p.m. - Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe

5:20 p.m. - Shanice

Hosted by Power 92’s Keef Glason from the Broadway Joe Morning Show & co-hosted by Larry Dodson of the Bar-Kays.

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!

THANK YOU to our 2018 Juneteenth sponsors!!

Department of Arkansas Heritage

Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

University of Arkansas- Pulaski Technical College

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Philander Smith College

Goddess Products, Inc.

J Kelley Referrals & Information Services

Arkansas Sounds

Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr., Commission

Centennial Bank

Dedjaran Dunbar

Little Rock Visitors and Convention Bureau

St. Mark Baptist Church

Metro PCS

Young Hogs Custom Printing, LLC

K Hall & Sons


State Farm (Dennis Bost)

Carfagno Family Practice


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