The City of St. Paul welcomes you to a virtual community commemoration of Juneteenth, in partnership with St. Paul Public Library and Ujamaa Place. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. Music by The War and Treaty and ArtsUs Youth Drummers City of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter invites the community to hear distinguished local African American leaders share “WHY THEY CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH.”

They are:

Anthony Galloway

Chris Crutchfield

Debbie Montgomery

Otis Zanders

Commissioner Toni Carter

Monique Linder

Dr. Josie R. Johnson

Mary K. Boyd