Juneteenth, which is celebrated and recognized in 47 states, takes its name from June 19th. At 2:30 p.m. on that date this year, Governor Tom Wolf was to sign HB 619 into law, making Juneteenth a recognized holiday in the State of Pennsylvania.
From June 28 through June 30, Stop the Violence Pittsburgh will host a number of other Juneteenth events in the city.
On Saturday, June 29, at 11am the Juneteenth/Jubilee Parade will begin. It will be a re-enactment of the April 1870 Jubilee of Freemen Parade originally held in Pittsburgh to celebrate the passage of the 15th Amendment granting black men the Right to Vote. The 2019 Juneteenth Parade will stage at Freedom Corner and Crawford avenue on the Hill District, march along 5th Avenue downtown to Point State Park. The Parade will include community organizations, fraternities and sororities, youth groups, Civil War re-enactors, the U.S. military forces, voting rights organizations and political and religious leaders.
At 12:30 pm, the Martin R. Delaney (MRD) Freedom Day Festival at Point State Park will begin with a Juneteenth Ecumenical Memorial Service commemorating the one-year anniversary of the death of Antwon Rose II, who was killed on June 19th (Juneteenth Day) in 2018, with religious leaders from various denominations from across the state.
From 1 pm to 10 pm, at Point State Park, the MRD Festival will showcase family-friendly activities with live bands, a Fun Zone, speakers, entertainment, vendors, a DanceFest Tribute to Don Cornelius and an attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest Soul Train Dance Line. This event will be lead by national recording artist CUPID of Cupid Shuffle fame.
On Sunday June 30, from 10 am to 10 pm, a Black Music Festival will be held in Point State Park with live bands, gospel artists, RnB groups and a special Jazz Day tribute to trumpeter Sean Jones for his many contributions to jazz in Pittsburgh and America.
Primary Sponsor of these Events is The Heinz Endowments
Emancipation Sponsor is UPMC
Liberty Sponsor is POISE Foundation