Monday, June 19th marks Juneteenth, a federal holiday dedicated to commemorating the emancipation of African American slaves. In honor of this important day, there are many events taking place throughout Downtown Tacoma devoted to remembering our country’s second independence and highlighting the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times.
Juneteenth Celebrations in Downtown Tacoma
City of Tacoma’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration
This Thursday, the City of Tacoma will host a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at Tollefson Plaza.
“This event is a family-friendly opportunity to join together as a community and learn more about the significance and importance of celebrating Juneteenth, now and for generations to come,” said Lisa Woods, Director of the City’s Office of Equity and Human Rights. “This is also an opportunity to experience the creative brilliance of our Black community, and share our Black community’s heritage and culture.”
The event will feature a number of activities for the whole family, including an interactive Handprint Activity with Black Lives Matter mural, Spoken Word, Dance Performances, and Bajan Station Caribbean Food available for purchase.
Honor and celebrate Juneteenth on Thursday, June 15th from 5 – 8pm at Tollefson Plaza located at 1548 Commerce Street.
Tacoma Art Museum Celebrates Juneteenth
In conjunction with the City of Tacoma’s Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, Tacoma Art Museum will host their free weekly Neighborhood Night while honoring the holiday on Thursday, June 15th. A printed tour guide will be available for museum visitors that will highlight Black artists on view, curated by Victoria Miles, The Current’s Artist Award Manager.
Visit Tacoma Art Museum at 1701 Pacific Avenue from 5pm – 8pm.
Juneteenth Commemoration at the Washington State History Museum
One June 15th, join the Washington State History Museum along with members of the African American Writers Alliance as they compose and read original works that reflect upon the significance of the day.
Guests will also have the opportunity to hear from young writers, be able to participate in a letterpress printing activity in partnership with Write253, and celebrate the official release of Black Washington, the first app to connect our region with inspiring stories, icons and historic landmarks that have influenced Washington’s Black history.
Join the Washington State History Museum at 1911 Pacific Avenue from 5:30pm – 8:00pm.