The official June 19 date is June 19, but the Cincinnati area hosts events and celebrations throughout the month. The holiday celebrates the June 19, 1865 emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
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Flag raising at Art Climb, 10:00 a.m., Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams. Opening celebration marking the elimination of American slavery. Flag hoisted by Private Buffalo Reginald B. Murray. Features speakers Bishop Todd O’Neal, Dr. Catherine Roma and Eric Kearney. Music from the choir celebrating unity. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Afrika stage! presents Stono, broadcast from June 5 to 18. World premiere highlights the spirit of resistance and activism in a part of American history that has often been overlooked: the largest insurgency of enslaved Africans in North America, to occur September 9, 1739, in South Carolina, on the banks of the Stono River. . $ 6. cincinnatiarts.org.
Wade through the water, 3:00 p.m., Purple People’s Bridge. Dancers will cross the Newport Bridge in Cincinnati, a tribute to the important role of water in African American history and to a time when the Ohio River was both the symbolic and real border between slavery and freedom. . Note: The bridge was closed in early May for emergency repairs. While still closed on June 13, the event is moving to the Cincinnati waterfront. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
How freedom resonates, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lindner Annex of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, 6620 Montgomery Road. Teaches the historic significance of June 17 and how our own voice continues to carry a message of hope and freedom to the next generation. The course runs from June 14-18. $ 190. kennedyarts.org.
Lift up every voice and sing, midi, streaming via blkfreedom.org. In partnership with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 10 museums team up to celebrate the victory and freedom of the African American people through a film documenting the national exploration of the deeply rooted anthem “Life Every Voice and Sing”. blkfreedom.org.
Flag raising ceremony, 11 a.m., Hamilton County Courthouse, 138 E. Court Street, Downtown. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Flag raising ceremony, 10:00 a.m., Cincinnati City Hall, 801 Plum Street, West End. Flag raised in observation of Emancipation Day. juneteenthcincinnati.org.
Launch party of the nineteenth, 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m., Esoteric Brewing Company, 918 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills. Celebrate Cincy’s Black Pride. Presented by DJ Jayy and DJ Rah D. cincinnatiblackpride.com.
Color Art, 2 p.m.-8 p.m., ArtScape Lebanon, The Art Depot, 740 S. Ohio 42, Lebanon. Exhibition of black artists. From June 19 to July 14.
June Jubilee, one-day celebration at three locations across Springboro, with shuttle service running between the three locations. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Springboro Area Museum (110 S. Main St.), you can pick up a map to explore real sites of the Underground Railroad on a self-guided tour. Volunteers at each site will tell stories of Quaker ancestors who helped slaves on their way to freedom. At North Park Amphitheater (195 Tamarack Trail) from noon to 8 p.m. there will be live music from Vibe 5, Deron Bell Band, Omega Baptist Church and more. Local food trucks, vendors and gifts. The event kicks off with the national anthem and the black national anthem. At the Coffman Family YMCA (88, boulevard Remick), there will be a 3v3 basketball tournament with up to 14 divisions and over 200 games. Live DJs, food trucks, trophy prizes and more. springborojuneteenth.com.
Virtual celebration of the eighteenth, 11:00 a.m. online and WXIX FOX19. Concerts on community cable and online. juneteenthcincinnati.org.