Celebrate Juneteenth with these locally hosted events

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — Juneteenth is African American Emancipation Day. The holiday commends the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and marks the anniversary of the 1865 proclamation of freedom.

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The Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center is proud to announce a series of events on June 18 that celebrates Juneteenth and honors St. Augustine’s legacy of emancipation and the pursuit of freedom.

At 10 a.m. the museum is hosting a free dedication and ribbon cutting for the newest acquisition in the civil rights exhibit: a portion of the F. W. Woolworth’s counter. The counter tells an important chapter in African Americans’ struggle for civil rights. There, four teenagers staged a sit-in in 1963 to integrate the segregated cafeteria in St. Augustine. After the ceremony guests are free to visit the rest of the museum exhibits. Following the dedication, a ticketed luncheon will be hosted at the Casa Monica Resort and Spa, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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Four Jacksonville-area Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie locations will host Juneteenth celebrations for customers and their communities. The free celebrations will run from noon to 2 p.m. and will include live entertainment, cooking demonstrations featuring Juneteenth-inspired recipes, along with store and vendor giveaways.

Winn-Dixie (Lakewood Prominade) at 1520 W. University Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32217

Harveys Supermarket at 5250 Moncrief Road, W. Jacksonville, FL 32219

Winn-Dixie (Gateway Town Center) at 5210 Norwood Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32208

Harveys Supermarket (Edgewood Square) at Edgewood Ave. W., Jacksonville, FL 32209

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Melanin Market Juneteenth Celebration will showcase over 250 Black-owned businesses and nonprofits in Jacksonville spanning over five blocks along A. Philip Randolph Boulevard from 3 to 9p.m. The market will feature two stages of live entertainment headlined by Jacksonville’s very own 69 Boyz and 95 South, two legendary rap groups that put Duval on the map in the ‘90s. Congressmen Charlie Crist, who is a Florida candidate for governor, will be attending as well.

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The Ritz Theatre and Museum is hosting a Juneteenth Commemoration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. where community members can interact with vendors, sponsors, music, workshops, documentaries and much more!

The Ritz Theatre and Museum is also hosting the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant in conjunction with the MLK Memorial Foundation and the 10th annual Juneteenth in Jacksonville celebration. Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. celebrate an “evening of Black excellence” where young ladies 15-18 are invited to display their intelligence, talent, beauty, confidence and charm.

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Sydny Pepper, Action News Jax

Sydny Pepper is a digital reporter and content creator for Action News Jax.