Published on June 13, 2022
While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation lawfully took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, it took some time before the news made it to the farthest reaches of the country. Union soldiers eventually landed at Galveston on June 19, 1865, bringing the news with them , and Juneteenth was born — a holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States.
“Fort Worth is extremely proud to count the legacy of Juneteenth as a national holiday in the United States of America to Ms. Opal Lee and the resilience, community and love of Panther City people and Americans everywhere,” said Christina A. Brooks, Fort Worth’s chief equity officer and director of the Diversity & Inclusion Department. “In honor of our collective ancestors, we must continue to be accountable for ensuring American freedom and celebrate our progress together.”
The City of Fort Worth and numerous Fort Worth organizations will be honoring this historic occasion with a variety of events and activities.
Live broadcast from City Hall
Tune in to view the City of Fort Worth’s Juneteenth Celebration that will feature a historical presentation, dance program and inspiring musical performances by a choir consisting of city employees.
The celebration can be viewed live from noon to 1 pm Thursday, June 16, on FWTV and the city’s YouTube channel.
The program is presented by the City of Fort Worth Diversity & Inclusion Employee Committee and its volunteer Juneteenth planning group.
Fort Worth Public Library activities
- Gee’s Bend Quilts craft. Enslaved African American women at Gee’s Bend used creativity and minimal materials to create distinctive quilts. Celebrate Juneteenth using the techniques they used and design your own quilt square. Locations and times:
- Wednesday, June 15, 2-3 pm, RISE Library and 4-5 pm, Northwest Library.
- Friday, June 17, 4-5 pm, Diamond Hill Library and 5-6 pm, East Berry Library.
- Saturday, June 18, 3-4 pm, Northside Library.
- Tuesday, June 21, 4-5 pm, Ridglea Library.
- Wednesday, June 22, 4-5 pm, Golden Triangle Library.
- Freedom Flag Collage craft. Create your own flag of freedom. Locations and times:
- Tuesday, June 14, 4-5 pm, Riverside Library.
- Friday, June 17, 4-5:30, Wedgwood Library.
- Saturday, June 18, 1-2 pm, Central Library.
- RED (Remember Every Dream) Open Mic. Thursday, June 16, 5-6:30 pm, Ella Mae Shamblee Library. When celebrating Juneteenth, you will often see people dressed in the color red, drinking strawberry soda and eating red-hued foods to commemorate the enslaved people of Galveston. Community members are invited to share their spoken word, poetry or song. Performers, please remember: this is a family-friendly venue.
- Saturday, June 18, 8-10 am: Opal’s Walk for Freedom Kickoff Breakfast, Evans Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave.
- Saturday, June 18, 10 am to noon: Opal’s Walk for Freedom, Evans Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave.
- Saturday, June 18, 3-9 pm: I am Juneteenth FTW Community Festival, Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.
- Saturday, June 18, 8:30 am to 2pm, Lake Como Community Juneteenth Celebration, Como Community Center, 4660 Horne St.
- Saturday, June 18, 11 am to 4 pm, Far Greater Northside Historical Neighborhood Association Juneteenth Celebration, Lincoln Park, 2922 Lincoln Ave. Presented in partnership with the City of Fort Worth North Tri-Ethnic Community Center. Program speakers begin at 11 am, a free lunch is served at noon and children’s activities will be ongoing from 1 to 4 pm
- Sunday, June 19, 1-9 pm: Soul of Sycamore Festival at Sycamore Park, 2400 E. Vickery Blvd.
- Sunday, June 19, 11 am to 9 pm, Juneteenth Jubilee, Texas Wesleyan University, 3100 E. Rosedale Ave.
- Sunday, June 19, 8 am to 6 pm, free admission all day to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Center Blvd.
View more details about community events online.
On Monday, June 20, most city offices, including City Hall, will be closed. Emergency services will be available as usual.
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