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Juneteenth

Juneteenth is often cited as African-American Independence Day, a special day of recognition by many municipalities and states. The observances commemorate June 19, 1865, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was finally enforced in Texas, the last of the seceding states to be occupied by the federal army. At the time, an estimated 250,000 persons were still enslaved in Texas, despite the signing of the proclamation more than two years earlier.

Every year the Juneteenth Committee (of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee) plans events, lectures and/or activities to celebrate Juneteenth.

2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has required us to cancel our Juneteenth 2020 in-person activities. However, we will still have a keynote lecture virtually. More details coming soon.

The Juneteenth Flag
The Juneteenth Flag
Rev. Will Mebane of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth with Tara Murphy of Cape Cod African Dance and Drum during, the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration.
Rev. Will Mebane of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Falmouth with Tara Murphy of Cape Cod African Dance and Drum during, the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration.

Previous Juneteenth Activities

2019

Read about the 2019 activities in the Falmouth Enterprise

A family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15 from 11-1 at Peg Noonan Park on Main St. in Falmouth.


Juneteenth lecture on Wednesday, June 19 (Juneteenth) from 430-6 PM (doors open and refreshments at 4) in WHOI's Redfield Auditorium (45 Water St. Woods Hole) presented by Ewell Hopkins.


Visit the Falmouth Public Library on Main St. from June 1-19 and check out a featured book about Juneteenth and Black History