HISTORY

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 1865.

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.

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2022 Events & Activities

The health and safety of our community are a top priority.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Juneteenth events have moved online. During each event and activity, we are taking time to remember loved ones who have been impacted. 

Activities and Events Coming Soon!

If the Emancipation Proclamation  was signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 why weren’t slaves freed until 1865...?? 

THANK YOU TO our 2022 SPONSORS!

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JuneteenthKC encourages people of all backgrounds- from Kansas City, across the country, and around the world- to learn about African American history and grow with JuneteenthKC.
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