Juneteenth Jubilee

This just in! Juneteenth in Louisville has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 28 because of the weather. But, do not despair. Organizers said: “The new date of July 28th also holds a special significance because on July 28, 1868, the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified. The amendment grants citizenship to ‘all persons born or naturalized in the United States,’ which included former slaves.” June 19 is celebrated to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas that day in 1865. This will be the first Juneteenth in Louisville. The event begins with a congregation at the YUM! Center Plaza, followed by a one-mile march to the Abraham Lincoln statue in Waterfront Park led by the River City Drum Corp. and grand marshal artist Ed Hamilton, who made the statue 10 years ago. Organizers say local groups are encouraged to join the parade, carrying banners and donning shirts to identify their causes. The celebration will take place at the statue and include a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and other performances.

Wednesday, June 19

Waterfront Park |
7:30 p.m. | Free
129 River Road
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