A network of community groups invite the public to join them in celebration of the holiday of Juneteenth, marked all this month with film screenings, a parade and heritage celebration and an evening program and documentary screening.
Juneteenth is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 abolition of slavery and emancipation of slaves in the United States.
All are invited to participate in the following free community events:
The New Brunswick African American Heritage Committee will host Juneteenth Monday Movies through the month of June at the New Brunswick Free Public Library, 60 Livingston Avenue. All movies will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.
On June 16th, the Vulcan Pioneers of New Brunswick will host a Juneteenth Parade and Heritage Festival, kicking off at 11 a.m.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the intersection of George Street and Remsen Avenue and will continue to Recreation Park on Pine Street for the festival. Music and dance, food, spoken word and more are planned for the day.
On Tuesday, June 19, Mt. Zion AME Church and the New Brunswick Area NAACP invite the public to join them for a Juneteenth remembrance event at 6:30 p.m.
The event will feature performances, presentations and a preview of a new documentary about Josiah Henson, the man who served as the inspiration for the protagonist of the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
It will take place at Mt. Zion AME Church, located at 39 Hildebrand Way.