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Juneteenth Events Around Richmond

RVAHub Staff



Emancipation Day celebration in Richmond, Virginia, ca. 1905. Photo Credit: VCU Libraries / Public domain

Juneteenth is now an official Virginia holiday celebrated on the 19th of June in the United States to commemorate Union army general Gordon Granger’s reading of federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, on 19 June 1865, proclaiming that all enslaved persons in the U.S. state of Texas were now free.

Technically it’s not official but Governor Northam introduced legislation on Tuesday to make it an official paid state holiday and it has received bipartisan support.

“It’s time we elevate this,” Northam said. “It finally shut the door on the enslavement of African American people and while it did not end racism, black oppression or violence, it is an important symbol. By commemorating it, we push people to think about the significance of Juneteenth.”

Local Events

 “Self Preservation,” Friday, June 19th, Noon to 1 PM. Online discussion of the Virginia African-American Cultural Resources Task Force to promote increased focus on the African-American experience in Virginia. Task force chair and Richmond Delegate Delores L. McQuinn; Norfolk State University professor Colita Nichols Fairfax, chair of the Virginia Board of Historic Resources and president of the Barrett-Peake Heritage Foundation in Hampton; and preservationist Niya Bates, board member of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville, will lead the conversation with moderator Justin E. Reid of Virginia Humanities. Online access:

Elegba Folklore Society is preparing an incredible JUNETEENTH virtual FREEDOM CELEBRATION!

A drum call opening @djembe_drum_official.

Live set from @samreed124 and so much more!
Saturday June 20th
YOUTUBE @elegbafolkloresoc
FACEBOOK @elegba.folklore

“Juneteenth Rally for Justice” – Saturday, June 20, 1 to 5 p.m. Virginia Union University, Hovey Field.

The public is welcome, but the event primarily is for members of black fraternities and sororities to craft policies for police reform, according to F.W. “Fred” Scott, president of the Virginia Association of Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. To include remarks and dialogue with U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Rep. A. Donald McEachin, Richmond Delegate Jeff M. Bourne and other elected officials.

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