Tulsa Juneteenth Inc, the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival (Legacy Fest) will continue the series of events to commemorate the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre in hosting the 2021 Tulsa Juneteenth Festival between June 16th and June 20th in Tulsa’s historic Greenwood District.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States that took place on June 19th, 1865, after Union soldiers delivered word of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, TX, one of the last states still in rebellion.
Yet, even this history, lesser known among other commemorations that have been made into national holidays, often fails to include the fact that Black Freedmen of Indian Territory didn’t taste freedom on their lips until a year later.
Tulsa Juneteenth continues its annual festival in honor of this holiday with this year’s festival serving as an invitation to enjoy freedom as African Americans. As Tulsa comes together in communal respite rooted in celebrating the rich cultural heritage and healing traditions that have shaped the joy of African Americans for centuries, Tulsa Juneteenth knows this time will unite the community and fuel hope for the future.