This Saturday, June 19, marks the 156th celebration of Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the United States. The last state, Texas, proclaimed freedom to those enslaved on June 19, 1865.
To celebrate and remember those enslaved, events are held nationwide. Here are a few events you can attend right here in Nashville:
6-10 p.m. at Fort Negley Park, 1100 Fort Negley Blvd.
In conjunction with the African American Cultural Alliance, Juneteenth615 is throwing an all-inclusive event Saturday. The event will begin with a proclamation ceremony led by Jeneene Blackman, executive director of AACA. Mayor John Cooper will also make a special appearance at the ceremony.
There also will be the “Taste of Freedom Food Trucks," featuring a variety of local Nashville restaurants.
To end the night, there will be a fireworks show. Throughout the night there will also be live music, African drummers and dancers.
More information, including schedules and food options, can be found online.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Frist Art Museum, 919 Broadway
The Frist Art Museum is commemorating Juneteenth by hosting a free art-making activity. It also will show the exhibit "N2020: Community Reflections" in the auditorium.
According to the Frist website, “N2020: Community Reflections" was guest curated by muralist Woke3. Conceived as an online exhibition, it has been transformed into a 47-minute video that showcases choreography, dance, music, photography, spoken-word poetry, and video created by Nashville artists reflecting on 2020.
Juneteenth Block Party
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fifth + Broadway Rooftop, 501 Broadway
The National Museum of African American Music is hosting its official grand opening Saturday to commemorate Juneteenth. The event is family-friendly, free and open to the public.
The event will be hosted at Fifth + Broadway and will feature live music, local vendors and community partners. Food will be available at the Fifth + Broadway Food Assembly Hall.
This event is presented by Amazon.
Juneteenth Health & Wellness Fair
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meharry Medical Clinic, 1810 Albion St.
Meharry Wellness Clinic is hosting a free wellness fair to celebrate Juneteenth. It will offer free COVID-19 vaccines, immunizations for children, as well as well-check visits (no insurance required).
It also will host free giveaways, including a $10 gift card to those who get their COVID-19 vaccine, and will hand out pizza, fresh produce, diapers, etc.
This event is co-sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, 86Borders, Nashville Diaper Connection, Second Harvest Food Bank, West Nashville Dream Center and Slim & Husky Pizza.
Black on Buchanan
12-5 p.m., 905 Buchanan St.
Equity Alliance is hosting a block party Saturday. The celebration will include a set from Cool DJ Cori. Live music and performances include jazz bands, Obi, Bridgette Jones, African drumming, Jems Destinè & Saran “S-Wrap” Thompson, and Mariah the Poet.
There will also be food trucks, a Black Business Expo and community resources.
You can RSVP at https://secure.everyaction.com/6NcQkAqRk0G8mjGhzHX61Q2.
Music City Freedom Festival
12-6 p.m. at Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. N.
Hadley Park is hosting a free, family-friendly Juneteenth celebration. The event will feature food trucks and local vendors.
There will also be live music, a set from a local DJ, as well as inflatables for children.
You can find the most updated information at their Facebook page.