Celebrating Juneteenth in New York

Although slavery in New York State was abolished on July 4, 1827, the institution of slavery in the United States did not officially come to an end for another thirty-eight years. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War, enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally liberated.

Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Emancipation Day, was first celebrated by African Americans across the Southern United States in 1866. Today, it is celebrated across the nation, often with parades, live music, performers, and speakers with the goal to educate, empower, and entertain celebrants. On June 17th, 2020, Juneteenth was declared an official New York State holiday.

Juneteenth Events Happening Near You!

Juneteenth Program from the Underground Railroad Education Center

Juneteenth – all around Albany

Saturday, June 17

The New York State Museum is participating in the Underground Railroad Education Center’s "Juneteenth – all around Albany" event on Saturday, June 17 from 12-4 pm. The event will be held at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence, 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, NY, 12210.

For more information, visit: https://undergroundrailroadhistory.org/event/juneteenth-in-albany-ny/

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Statewide Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth is being honored and celebrated throughout New York State! Discover a program near you by viewing this list of events from the Office of State History: https://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research-collections/state-history/notes/juneteenth-events

Additional Resources

Jazz, by Romare Bearden,1980

NYSM Black History Resource Page

Discover a variety of educational resources and online programs about the experiences of Black New Yorkers available from the New York State Museum.

Juneteenth Across New York State

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Emancipation, print by Thomas Nast, c. 1865

Thomas Nast 
Emancipation, c. 1865
Courtesy of the Library of Congress