Juneteenth Celebration in Newtonville, NJ

Posted on: May 25, 2022, by :

A commemoration of the day that became known as “Juneteenth.”

From 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM

At Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

661 Jackson Road, Newtonville, NJ 08346

Admission is FREE. Donations are encouraged.

The significance of Juneteenth is that although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, the enslaved people of Texas did not receive word of their freedom until June 19, 1865. The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (AAHMSNJ) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center will co-sponsor a commemoration of that day. The event will take place from 2:30-5:00 PM on Sunday, June 19th at the Martin Luther King Center, 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville.

The program will be moderated by Michelle Washington, a local storyteller. It will feature a short film, “Juneteenth 1856-2021” and free give-aways.

Museum president and founder, Ralph E. Hunter, Sr. notes, “Juneteenth has also been called Jubilee and Freedom Day, and was recently designated a federal holiday by President Biden.”  

The African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is to showcase the accomplishments and impact of African Americans in South Jersey and around the country.