Journey to Juneteenth: The Jubilee

Next date: Wednesday, June 19, 2024 | 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM


Celebrating Arts, Culture and Education

While Juneteenth (June 19) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of emancipation, freedom was proclaimed in Florida on May 20, 1865, nearly two-years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation. One month later, on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers finally arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were free.

The City of Gainesville’s month-long "Journey to Juneteenth" celebration, from Florida Emancipation Day (May 20) through the widely recognized Juneteenth holiday (June 19), honors the long and turbulent journey to freedom while staying true to our history of Florida Emancipation on May 20. 

Join us to celebrate at Bo Diddley Plaza for this free and family-friendly Juneteenth Jubilee. 

Event Timeline

11 a.m. Opening remarks by Zeriah Folston, director of Gainesville's Office of Equity & Inclusion

11:15 a.m. Choral performance by 1000 Voices of Florida, Inc. Community Chorus

11:45 a.m. Speech by Dr. Rik Stevenson, Emancipation and the Year of the Jubilee

12 p.m. Youth presentation and Circus Center drum presentation

12:30 p.m. Musical concert with the Let's Ride Brass Band from Jacksonville

1:30 p.m. Closing remarks


  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 | 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM


Bo Diddley Plaza, 111 E. University Ave., 32601, View Map

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