What is Juneteenth?
"Juneteenth is a day on which honor and respect is paid for the sufferings of slavery. It is a day on which we acknowledge the evils of slavery and its aftermath. On Juneteenth we talk about our history and realize because of it, there will forever be a bond between us."
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th, the last group of slaves in the south were given the news was given that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. For more information, visit https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm
La Crosse Juneteenth Celebration Social Distancing Events
Friday, June 19, 2020
Just Mercy- FREE SHOWING
Rivoli Theatre 117 N. 4th St., La Crosse, WI
• Wear a mask (we will be providing some as well)
• We will wipe down seats and have hand sanitizer at the door
• We will be social distancing in the Movie theater
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Event 1- Talk Back Movie discussion
Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Virtual Zoom- Register at this link:
Join us as we facilitate a discussion about the movie Just Mercy
Event 2- Enduring Families Project Self-Guided Tour
2:00 p.m.- 4:30p.m.
This will be a self-guided tour of historically significant sites and people in La Crosse, with actors along the route who will portray African-Americans from La Crosse’s past.
*Step 1 Come to the Black River Beach house to get a map and instructions
*Step 2 Drive to the locations and listen to the stories
Event 3-Join the Juneteenth Motorcade Celebration
5:00p.m. at Poage Park
Meet us at Poage Park as we drive through an already planned route to celebrate the Liberation of Black people in America.
Sunday June 21, 2020
Zoom Juneteenth Celebration with DJ Chris Stylez
Virtual Zoom- Register at this link- https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAucOusqD4rHtLtGNnIp5ePnAh1ZzvQgOl7
*Program starts at 4:45p.m.
*Live DJ starting at 6:00p.m.