Honoring Juneteenth

These events, activities, and celebrations mark the day in 1865 when news of emancipation reached all U.S. residents.

Free Tour Day for Juneteenth
10 a.m-5 p.m. June 15, New Harmony State Historic Site, 410 Main St., New Harmony, Indiana
10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15, Angel Mounds State Historic Site, 8215 Pollack Ave.
Tour the area’s Native American site and two early Utopian communities in honor of Juneteenth.

Fifth Annual Juneteenth Community Block Party
10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 15, Bayard Park, Bayard Park Drive and South Kentucky Avenue
Enjoy live entertainment from poets, bands, dancers, and more, plus vendors, community organizations, food, an art station, and bounce houses for kids.

4-7 p.m. June 16, Central Park, 10 S. Main St., Henderson, Kentucky
Henderson, Kentucky, offers educational opportunities, games, live music, and more activities.

Juneteenth Vendor Fair
11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville Koch Student Center, 3501 N. First Ave.
Find food trucks, music, art, clothing vendors, and more at the Koch Student Center. This event is hosted by the Student Diversity, Employee Diversity, and Student Life departments at Ivy Tech Evansville.

Lyles Station Historic School and Museum
Throughout June, 953 N. Country Road 500 W., Princeton, Indiana
Celebrate Juneteenth at Lyles Station with a guest speaker and events on Juneteenth (June 19), a writer’s masterclass on June 22, and a play “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder” which will show on June 21-23.

Fourth Annual Negro League Otters Tribute Game
6:30 p.m. June 19, Bosse Field, 23 Don Mattingly Way
Honor the history of the Negro Baseball League – whose stats are being added to MLB records – with the Evansville Otters while they play the Schaumburg, Illinois, Boomers. Community organizations will be in attendance, including the Evansville African American Museum and Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library Juneteenth Programming
Throughout June, multiple Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library locations
Create, learn, play, and join in on activities like arts, crafts, trivia, and more related to Juneteenth.

Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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