Events of June 19 | Arts and culture | Weekly style


Established as an official Virginia state holiday in June 2020, Juneteenth refers to June 19, the date in 1865 when the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War was over. and that enslaved people were free by virtue of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Although the proclamation became official more than two years earlier, on January 1, 1863, freedmen in Texas adopted June 19 as the date on which they celebrated freedom from slavery. Colloquially known as Juneteenth, the celebrations continued well into the 20th century and in 1980 the Texas State Legislature established June 19 as a national holiday. In the years following the Civil War, Emancipation Day celebrations in Richmond were often held on April 3, the date when Union forces entered the city.

Here are some of the events taking place this year in Richmond with information on when and where they are taking place:

Juneteenth, a celebration of freedom has been presented by Elegba Folklore Society every year since 1996 and is considered the flagship event of Richmond’s June 19 celebrations. This year’s event includes a symposium, the Get Woke Youth Summit, live entertainment, children’s activities and the Freedom Market. Audiences are invited to engage in a moving and memorable narrative of historical events to deepen their perspectives on American history.

As a prelude to the Freedom Celebration, a Torchlight march on the trail of enslaved Africans takes place on June 11 from Manchester Dock, 1308 Brander Street, at 7 p.m. Performers will interweave the stories of enslaved Africans with the historical record, characterizations of the day and music. This program is also free and open to the public.

Juneteenth, A Freedom Celebration presented by Elegba Folklore Society, is held Sunday, June 26 from 4-9 p.m. at the African Cemetery, 1540 East Broad St.,

To celebrate Juneteenth, the Library of Virginia invites visitors to view a selection of “Free Black Registers” posted in the lobby. These records demonstrate Virginia’s efforts to control and regulate its growing free black population from the late 18th century to the Civil War. The registers provide the names, ages, and physical descriptions of free black and multiracial individuals who were to register in their locality in Virginia.

The register books demonstrate the endless challenges of being a free person of color in pre-war Virginia. Although declared free on paper, their lives were closely watched by white officials limiting their mobility, autonomy and humanity.

“Free Negro Registers” is on display June 13-27 at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St.,

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  • A dancer for the Elegba Folklore Society.

Juneteenth Freedom Day will be celebrated in Hardywood by The Love Movement social event series. Along with live musical performances from Mighty Joshua and The Zion #5 and JTucker & The Krewe, there will also be performances from City Dance Theater. DJ Adapt will play favorite R&B and classic hip-hop and food will be available at Charles’ Kitchen Caribbean Cuisine, K&M Salmon Balls and Cakes and Hardywood Pizza Kitchen. Black-owned businesses in Richmond will also be featured during the festivities. Friendly and family.

Juneteenth Freedom Day is Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Lane,

A commemoration of June 19 is offered by Project Yoga Richmond and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as a way to provide space, place and time to heal intergenerational damage and address the city’s layered history of racism and trauma. The event was created to commemorate freedom by acknowledging the land, honoring ancestors and celebrating Black self-determination through a yoga experience created to transform historical wrongs. People of all racial backgrounds are invited to practice together and reflect on how they can present themselves in the community to create real change. The class is chargeable, but prior registration is required.

A June 19 commemoration is taking place on Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue,

Famous Henrico Recreation & Parks Juneteenth at Dorey Park with a vendor fair, kids’ zone, food trucks and entertainment starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks will be part of the evening entertainment starting at 9:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Juneteenth Celebration 2022 will be held Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. at Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Rd.,


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