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Juneteenth Celebration

June 19 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Downtown Metuchen, Papillon & Company & Metuchen Human Relations Commission as we celebrate our inaugural Juneteenth Celebration!
Learn about this important holiday, enjoy specials throughout our businesses, join in with step dancing with SWA (Steppaz With Attitude out of Rahway, NJ Coach Ms. Simone Smith), children’s story time and a special discussion focusing on “Lens on Blacklife” with Dr. Joel Branch with featured artists with Kamoinge Workshop at @Papillon & Company.
What is Juneteenth?
On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Va., Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two and a half years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln.
The holiday received its name by combining June and 19. The day is also sometimes called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”


June 19
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Metuchen Downtown Alliance
(732) 515-9660
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Downtown Metuchen
Metuchen, NJ 08840 United States + Google Map