A Guide to June 19, 2022 Celebrations in St. Louis | Art Stories and Interviews | St. Louis | St. Louis News and Events
The June 16 celebrations begin this weekend and will continue throughout the month. Here’s everything you need to know about the holidays and how to celebrate them.
June 19 started when Gordon Granger, a Union general, told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas that they were free. This was about two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered in Appomattox, Virginia and ended the Civil War. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863.
“From the 13th to the 19th, someone passed by each plantation to let them know they were free,” says Arthur Penny, known as Nana Kofi, organizer of one of the oldest events on June 19. in Saint Louis. It took a week to accomplish and “that’s why it’s called Juneteenth,” says Nana Kofi. June 19 is however the official date of the federal holiday.
Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests in 2020, Congress passed legislation recognizing June 19 as a federal holiday. It was already recognized as a holiday in some states, including Texas. Joe Biden signed the measure into law in 2021, making it the 11th federally recognized holiday.
June 11 – June 16, 2022 in the Delmar Loop
June 16, 2022 is this Saturday in the Delmar Loop. “It’s a celebration of community, economic growth and black culture,” says Celeste Grayer, who organized the event. The festival will take place in Delmar and Hamilton, where there are more than 39 black-owned businesses.
“It’s like a secret gem that no one knows about,” she says. Grayer is a St. Louis Public Schools social worker and trained artist. She has been performing events and projects with the Delmar Loop for nearly 10 years.
The June 16 celebration in the Delmar Loop is Saturday, June 11, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Arrive early so you don’t miss Baba Kunma’s drum call that will open the event. There will also be performances by African Mascarade – Mask to Stilts, African Dance by Spirit Angel of African Dance and the Red & Black Brass Band. You can also enjoy family-friendly activities such as face painting, henna art, a science lab and photo booth, as well as food from local restaurants. Free entry.
June 16 – June 19 Main Lecture and Gospel Music Performance
The Missouri History Museum(5700 Lindell Blvd., 314 746-4599) dedicates this Thursday evening to the Museum in Juneteenth, with a keynote lecture by Bill Doggett, who will speak about his father, the civil rights leader, the Reverend John N. Doggett Jr. The Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis will also perform. This event is Thursday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free entry.
June 18 – Juneteenth in The Greater Ville
Nana Kofi owns Sabayet, a city center for community engagement. He’s been hosting a June 16 celebration for 16 years.
“The Greater Ville neighborhood used to do the Annie Malone parade,” says Nana Kofi, whose nickname means chief and born on Friday. “But once he moved downtown, he left the City, I guess, just a bit empty.” Nana Kofi worked with aldermen and others to see what he could do and one of the longest running June 19 celebrations in St. Louis was born.
The celebration is Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 4000 Maffit Avenue. The event is very family-friendly (kids eat free) and includes pony rides, crafts, and storytellers from the Saint Louis Museum of Art.
June 18 – June 19 Community Walk
Trailnet’s Juneteenth Community Ride combines history with health. The all-paced bike ride will feature live music, while historians and storytellers from the Missouri Historical Society will share the city’s history. The ride celebrates St. Louis black artists, history and musicians.
The guided bike ride takes place through the streets of the city on Saturday, June 18, from Tandy Community Center (4206 Kennerly Avenue). Check-in begins at 9 a.m. The trip starts at 10 a.m. Registration is free, but donations can be made at checkout.
June 18 – Delmar Main Street June 16 Festival
Delmar will host another Juneteenth festival on Saturday June 18th. A day full of Delmar exploration is on the agenda: festivities begin at 9 a.m. in the Delmar Makers District, featuring the Youth Makers Market and over 50 local vendors, while Black-the-property food trucks serve up delicious food until at 13h
The Ruth Porter Mall will host a Health and Wellness Gathering from 1-4 p.m. with families lucky enough to partake in an outdoor yoga class, taekwondo or maybe even get a adjustment from a local chiropractor. Non-profit organizations will also be present to disseminate information about their services, as well as community associations promoting engagement. Better Family Life’s KYPE dancers will be there, waiting for you to dance with them.
The grand finale will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., with a Happy Hour Block Party. June 19th drink specials, food, vendors and more await you at the last half of the party. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 on Main Street Delmar (314-7530-5449, Delmar between Debalivere and Academy Avenue).
June 18 – Juneteenth Forward Together
The Metro is hosting its own June 19th celebration. June 16 Celebration: Moving Forward Together promises education, entertainment, food and community vendors. The event aims to remember and reflect on Juneteenth. Juneteenth Celebration: Forward Together is at love church (1549 Frank Scott Drive West) Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participation is free.
June 18 – March for Democracy and Justice
Africans Rising Together 2063 is back for its second March for Democracy and Justice. Last year, Mayor Tishaura Jones was the walk’s honorary chair. The march plans to “feature biographical information about influential black historical activists and the history and significance of June 19 and Caribbean National Heritage Month,” according to a press release. Proceeds raised will help Africans Rising Together 2063 promote cultural awareness, education and generational wealth building training among African Americans, Africans in the Diaspora and Africans on the continent.
Join the March for Democracy and Justice in forest park (At the cricket ground, 5595 Grand Drive) Saturday, June 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration costs $18.65, but children under 12 and those 55 and over are free.
June 19 – Annual celebration on June 19
Join Move by BJC at this fitness event that will get you sweating on June 19. Fitness Day is June 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at Moving by BJC (4220 Duncan Ave). Tickets are $5 per class.
June 19 – Juneteenth in the Grand Center
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Concert Hall, and Sheldon Art Galleries celebrate Father’s Day and June 16 at the Grand Center. The event will include artistic activities at Museum of Modern Art (3750 Washington Ave)free family portraits at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Ave) and a St. Louis Kettle Corn Truck on Washington Avenue. The event is Sunday, June 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Free entry.
June 26 – June 16, 63121
St. Louis Story Stitchers is hosting this event at True Vine Baptist Church (8420 Hill Ave) and it will include live performances of Story Stitchers’ Pick the City Up, a form of urban storytelling that includes hip-hop, spoken word, and other elements of story magic. They will speak on the topic of armed violence. There will also be a story booth for you to share your own story. The event is Sunday, June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free entry.