Juneteenth takes place on Saturday, June 19, this year and celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved Black Americans in the Confederacy on the day that news of the end of the Civil War and slavery reached Galveston, Texas, who were the last remaining outpost rebelling against the Union.
This year’s date holds even more importance as it is finally (about to be) recognized as a federal holiday, pending the signature of President Biden.
Last year the occasion was recognized with the launch of Black Friday Juneteenth by a local group that organized a scavenger hunt of local Black-owned businesses that did so well that it’s back and even bigger than last year.
The citywide scavenger hunt will take place from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. with an end-of-day Grand Finale and Street Fair taking place on Church Street from 6 p.m.-midnight. You can click HERE to sign up to participate in this year’s scavenger hunt or to submit your business to the list.
Click HERE for our running list of local Black-owned businesses.