It’s that time of year again; the 24th Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas will be celebrated June 17th – 20th in the Plaza Midwood community on Thomas Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue.

This year, our celebration features the Juneteenth Freedom March which begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, June 19th. We will be marching for peace and unity from Marshall Park (800 E 3rd St) to the intersection of Central and Thomas Avenue.

On Friday, June 18th, they will host our ever-popular Drum Circle in front of the House of Africa (1215 Thomas Ave). The Drum Circle attracts drummers and dance enthusiasts of all ethnicities from all over the US and the World. (5 pm until 10 pm)

On Saturday and Sunday, June 19th and 20th from 2-10 pm celebrate Juneteenth March, Prayer, History, and Education are integral parts of the festival. The Juneteenth Freedom March, created to encourage peace and unity, will step off Saturday at 10 am from Marshall Park, 800 E 3rd St, and finish at Central and Thomas Avenue.

Juneteenth Luncheon will be held at 2 pm on Saturday to honor local, state elected officials and community leaders. The Marilyn Griffith Turner Scholarship Fund is named posthumously after our long-standing Chairwoman. The scholarship is given to a deserving youth approved by our selection committee.

For more information about this year’s Juneteenth festival click here.

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