Juneteenth, also known as “Emancipation Day” or the “Day of Freedom,” commemorates the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery. Originating in Galveston, Texas in 1866, Juneteenth has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.
These events below focus on education and achievement and reflect on the path to freedom and the steps needed to achieve equality.
2022 First Juneteenth Black Business Expo in Mercer County Area
When: June 18th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: The Conference Center Inside the RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness. 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619
Mark your calendars to recognize Juneteenth with us by supporting Black-Owned businesses from around the Mercer County, NJ area!
Free and open to the public, this event, brought to you by the NJ Small Business Development Center at The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Hamilton RWJ Barnabas Health (Hamilton), allows diverse people from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience and learn about Black-owned businesses in the Mercer County area, as well as discover the hidden jewels in the community.
- Food (while supplies last)
- Live DJ
- Prizes and Giveaways (No purchase is necessary to enter the raffle, just come out and visit us at the Expo to claim your raffle ticket! Must be present to win!)
The event is free but requires registration. Find registration information here.
Photos via https://www.eventbrite.com/
When: June 17-18th
The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (AACCofMC) in partnership with the NJ Legislative District 15 (Senator Shirley Turner, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds Jackson and Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli) Outdoor Equity Alliance are planning the Juneteenth Celebration. This event is scheduled for Friday, June 17 through Saturday, June 18, 2022, in the capital city of Trenton.
The goal of the Collaborative is to Educate, Empower and Unite Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment and sports. This carefully planned and socially distanced event highlights a few very poignant and current issues through displays of culture, collaboration, commerce, unity and education. They're working closely with the city of Trenton and other partners to ensure public safety.
Find more information here!
Photo via https://www.taacf.com/
Juneteenth at Capital City Farm
Capital City Farm
301 N Clinton, Ave. Trenton
When: June 18, 10 am - 3 pm
Learn about African Americans and Indigenous people's impact on our agricultural system by planting lettuce seedlings to take home, milling corn, and building a home for bees! Try an African-inspired recipe, enjoy some music, take home a free book, and even go on a scavenger hunt and win a prize!
Photo via Capital City Farm