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Calendar of Celebrations and Observances: Juneteenth

Books for Juneteenth

Libertie book cover
The Brightest Day book cover
How the Word is Passed book cover
Come Juneteenth book cover
The Strange Career of William Ellis book cover
On Juneteenth book cover
A Promised Land book cover
Four Hundred Souls book cover
Beloved book cover
How to be an Anti-Racist book cover
A Black Women's History of the United States
Just as I Am book cover
Jubilee book cover



Juneteenth Freedom Day with drawing of heart 


"Juneteenth Means Everything to Me"


Celebrations in Maine - Juneteenth 2023

Ellsworth - Juneteenth Downeast Commemoration, Knowlton Park; June 19th; 2:00 - 6:00 pm.

Lamoine - Weekend on the Water, Lamoine State Park (pre-registration required); June 17th-18th.

Lewiston - Juneteenth: A Change We’re Waiting For, Kennedy Park; June 16th; 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

Portland - Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, 200 Anderson Street; June 18th; 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Portland - Portland Museum of Art, free admission in celebration of Juneteenth & Pride; June 17th-19th, regular hours.

Portland - State of Maine Black Symposium, USM Hannaford Hall; June 19th; 9:00 am - 6:00 pm.

South Portland - Juneteenth & World Refugee Day Celebration, Redbank Community Center; June 19th; 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Westbrook - Juneteenth Film Series, Walker Memorial Library; June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th; starting @ 1:00 pm.

Wiscasset - James Weldon Johnson + Juneteenth (combined celebration), Town common; June 17th; 4:00 - 5:30 pm.


"June 19, 1865, shortened to 'Juneteenth,' was the day the enslaved African Americans in Texas were told that slavery had ended, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed..." ~ from the book On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon-Reed.