On June 19, 1865, two months after the surrender of the Confederacy and two-and-a-half years after Lincoln's emancipation proclamation, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Later, the celebration of June 19 was coined "Juneteenth" and grew over the decades, with Texas passing a bill in 1980 marking Juneteenth as America's first state-recognized emancipation celebration.
Today, Skokie joins the 156-year-old holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans from enslavement.
Join the celebration at the following Skokie Juneteenth events:
Friday, June 18, 2021
6 p.m. – Opening ceremonies with guest speakers, located between the Village Hall and the Skokie Public Library.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Devonshire Park – see the map here
2-2:45 p.m. – Children’s activities presented by the Skokie Public Library and the Skokie Park District
2:45-3 p.m. – Storyteller Nonku Kunene Adumetey
3-5 p.m. – Whosay the Magician, Steel Drummer Nigel Thomas from the Caribbean Island of Grenada, S.O.U.L. Creations
3-5 p.m. – Vaccine Clinic. Pre-registration required here.
3-5 p.m. – Pre-order Babito's Bites Afro-Caribbean food here. (No orders taken day-of-event. Deadline to purchase, Thursday, June 17 at 3 p.m.)
Sketchbook Brewing Company in Skokie
6-9 p.m. – Live Performances by Corey Wilkes and Joshua Free with guest Sparkle Motion, food for purchase by Soul and Smoke, special Juneteenth brew available for purchase. Proceeds go to a not-for-profit. Click here for required reservations.
Skokie Juneteenth is presented by: