Hosted annually within the 18th & Vine Historic District, Juneteenth KC is an annual celebration of the emancipation of slaves in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the leaders of the Kansas City community.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally Juneteenth is known as a cultural event that celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America in 1864.
Brought to Kansas City in 1980 by Horace M Peterson III, founder of the Black Archives of Mid-America INC, Juneteenth is an annual heritage celebration and platform that celebrates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in America and provides the backdrop to pay tribute to the founders of our community.
2020 Events & Activities
The health and safety of our community is top priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Juneteenth has moved online. During each event and activity we are taking time to remember loved ones who have been impacted.
If the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 why weren’t slaves freed until 1865...??
2020 JUNETEENTHKC PLAYLIST
The 2020 JuneteenthKC playlist is coming soon!