Juneteenth in Mobile

History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) is celebrated as the day in 1865 when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The troop's arrival came two and a half years after former President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.


Education Through Celebration
  • Thursday, June 16
    History Museum of Mobile, 111 South Royal Street
    5:30 - 7:30 pm
    Five minute history talks and cocktail hour

  • Friday, June 17
    Dora Franklin Finley African-American Heritage Trail Tours
    2 pm - Sundown

  • Friday, June 17
    Juneteenth Celebration, Hope Community Center, 850 Edwards Street
    2 - 6 pm
    Come celebrate with an afternoon full of family fun. Live bands, DJ, inflatables, games and much more! Bring your blankets or chairs to listen to the music and your coolers and snacks to keep the party going!



Blog: Depth of Perspective in the Deep South
The importance of Juneteenth is the lens through which the past can be assessed, present redefined and future transformed regarding race relations and the possibilities for all Black people.

Blog: Juneteenth to Me
To me, Juneteenth is not only a celebration of independence, but it is also an opportunity to show deep gratitude for the millions of lives who found the strength to survive.

Suggested Itinerary: Our Storied Past
Discover the significant imprint of Black history on Mobile, from the story of segregation to the soulful taste of Black-owned restaurants. Plan your trip today!