We have a new paper out on stands today and it highlights the many ways Triangle residents are recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth, America’s oldest holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. And since many Juneteenth events kick off today, we thought we’d highlight a few here. 

Several of our local municipalities are planning inaugural Juneteenth events.

In Raleigh, the Inaugural Capital City Juneteenth Celebration begins today with an online presentation from the North Carolina Museum of History that examines the history of Juneteenth and connects it to the present day. Other events include a colorful visual celebration of the legacy of Juneteenth at the State Capitol on Saturday and a free, culminating event at Dorothea Dix Park featuring speakers, musical performances, food, and other entertainment.

From Friday through Sunday, the Pope House Museum in Raleigh will host a three-day long celebration of Emancipation Day and its legacy in North Carolina featuring rare artifacts, special guest speakers, exclusive guided tours, and weekend-long activity stations. Click here for the full schedule and more information. 

On Saturday, join Shelley Winters at Raleigh’s Mt. Hope Cemetery at 120 Prospect Ave. for a walking tour from 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about and pay respects to the Raleighites, many born during slavery, who are buried in the cemetery and stick around for a cemetery cleanup after the tour if you can. 

Later on Saturday, check out the Shopper’s Block Juneteenth edition on Cabarrus Street between South Person and South Blount Streets brought to you by Black Dollar NC, Black Flea Market, One of One Boutique, Melanated Exchange Market and ReUp. The event will include shopping, food trucks, a three-on-three basketball tournament and other entertainment and goes form 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Southeast Raleigh YMCA hosts a community event with a Black business expo, food trucks, family games and activities and other entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., the N.C. Central University James. E. Shepard Memorial Library presents Juneteenth: Looking Back While Moving Forward, a panel discussion that includes presentations on the history of Juneteenth and discussions around criminal justice reform, economic wealth, African American women leadership, and the role of the Black church in the community.

Both the Town of Cary and the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro are also hosting Juneteenth events.

Cary’s celebrations  begin today and include a combination of virtual and in-person events, including a Juneteenth Voices forum this evening at 6 p.m. and scheduled performances at the Sertoma Amphitheater at Bond Park on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Chapel Hill-Carrborro’s events begin on Friday and run through the weekend and include a kickoff celebration, a book talk, “On Juneteenth,” with author Annette Gordon-Reed, a motorcade, a music series, and much more.

On Saturday, Chatham County’s Chatham Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE NC) celebrates Chatham’s fourth annual Juneteenth event at the Pittsboro Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CORE NC hosts “Liberation: The Human Right of Choice & Freedom,” a free public event that will use education, music, storytelling, and performance to teach about slavery and efforts to abolish it, and to connect slavery to modern day human rights issues. 

Probably the Triangle’s largest Juneteenth event happens this Friday at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham from 3 to 9 p.m. The celebration will feature a Black Futures photo booth, Capoeira workshops, karaoke, a Haitian dance workshop with live drumming, the Hillside High School drumline, two African dance ensembles, live jazz, and a tribute to Erzulie, the Haitian Mother Mary and Goddess of Love whose veve (a religious symbol) has adorned the steeple of the Heritage Center (formerly the church) for 130 years. 

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