Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
As part of the local Juneteenth celebration, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts a day long event featuring activities, vendors, food and entertainment for the entire community. The 2016 Juneteenth Celebration boasted over 2,000 attendees from across the state, with over 50 participating vendors, performers, and sponsors. We invite businesses and organizations to join in this celebration with us by securing a vendor booth or purchasing sponsorship in this year's event.
Juneteenth 2017 is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on June 17 and promises to be our biggest and best yet!
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR OR VENDOR?
Organizations or individuals who would like to contribute to the event as a sponsor or as an event vendor must return the completed form and payment by mail or in person to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. For more information, contact Brian Rodgers at 501-683-3636 or email [email protected].
Juneteenth Sponsor Packet (891 KB)
Juneteenth Vendor Packet (241 KB)
EVENTS & ACTIVITIES FOR JUNETEENTH 2017:
- FREE admission!
- Live performances (STAY TUNED for our 2017 lineup announcement!)
- MTCC Talent Search — (Read more here. Registration deadline is April 28, 2017. Registration form: Juneteenth 2017 Talent Search (291 KB) )
- Youth Creative Writing Contest — (Download the information sheet here: Juneteenth Story Contest (349 KB)
- Kids Zone
- Food trucks