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Juneteenth Jubilee in Springfield

June 17 - June 18

You do not want to Miss out on a Fun Filled Weekend!!!

The Juneteenth Jubilee Spades and Dominoes Tournament and vendor fair is planned at 4 p.m. at Blunt Park. This will be followed by a showing of the movie “Black Panther” beginning at 8:45 p.m. at Blunt Park.

On Saturday, a Juneteenth Jubilee block party is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. at Court Square. The event will feature musical performances, youth and business award presentations, complimentary food from local Black-owned restaurants at the Taste of Dine Black, a vaccination clinic, informational vendors, and Underground Railroad walking tours presented by the Pan African Historical Museum USA of Springfield.

On Sunday, a Father’s Day brunch is planned in Court Square from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., to be followed by an interfaith worship service from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Also as part of the celebration, Black Vivid will be at Riverfront Park from 2-8 p.m. The event is called a celebration of African American culture, art and music. The event features fashion, music, a marching band, African dance and drumming, and spoken word performances.

In addition, the Brethren Community Foundation of Springfield will host its annual,  “Juneteenth Celebration: Families First – Back in Stride” on Saturday, June 19, at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, noon to 2 p.m.

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June 19th or Juneteenth celebrates the day Major General Gordan Granger led US troops into Galveston in 1865 to take over Texas, one of the final hold out states to admit defeat during the Civil War, enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and formally marked the day that all slaves in the United States were freed.

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.