2021 Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

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Join us for The Amistad Center for Art & Culture's 2021 Virtual Juneteenth Celebration! A night to celebrate community and unity!

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Thank you for making plans to join The Amistad Center for Art & Culture on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The virtual program and DJ party will be available online and on social media platforms. More details to come!

The Amistad Center is excited about 2021 and the organization’s opportunity to celebrate Juneteenth for the 30th year. We are proud to represent one of the first, and longest running Juneteenth events in the state.

Presented by North Star Sponsor: COMCAST and NBC CONNECTICUT

with support from Griot Circle Sponsor: The Hartford and Celebration Circle Sponsor: Prudential.

Tune in early - starting at 6:15 pm EST - for pre-event coverage with our evening's host, Leslie Mayes, NBC CONNECTICUT. Then look forward to a spectacular night of music, song, art and celebration starting at 6:30 pm EST. We will also recognize our 2021 Spirit of Juneteenth Award Winners.

Don't forget the party will continue with our favorite DJs, Ronn P and Dane, immediately following the main program.

Check out our Facebook page for updates, including the Juneteenth Signature Cocktail recipe, so you can be ready to virtually toast with us! Virtual toast sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Also, donate early to help us further our mission. Donations of any amount are encouraged and appreciated. Historically, the non-member ticket price to attend our in person gala/celebration started at $100.

Visit our website for more information about our full calendar of events and programs.

We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your support of The Amistad Center for Art & Culture!

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth marks an important moment in American history, June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Galveston, Texas first learned of their freedom, two and a half years after the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. On that day, Mayor General Gordon Granger came to town with General Order Number 3 and the news that the enslaved were free. Over the years Juneteenth commemorations have grown into broad and jubilant celebrations of achievement, community and heritage and our events in Hartford are among the finest.

There are many possible explanations for the delay. A messenger may have been killed on his way to Texas with the news of freedom or maybe the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the free labor force on the plantations. Another possibility is that federal troops waited for the slave owners to have one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. For whatever the reasons, slavery in Texas remained beyond the legal deadline. The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation. With no specific destination some freed slaves went North and some tried to find their families in nearby states. Wherever they landed, life was not easy for the newly freed people. However, Juneteenth brought everyone together in joyful celebration every year. Such celebrations feature many family friendly activities, refreshments and a focus on education and self-improvement.

Thank you to our 2021 Juneteenth Sponsors (as of 5/14/2021):

  • North Star (Presenting Sponsor) : COMCAST and NBC CONNECTICUT
  • Griot Circle: The Hartford
  • Celebration Circle: Prudential
  • Legacy Circle: Stanley Black & Decker and Travelers
  • Silver Circle: Pratt & Whitney, Tito's Handmade Vodka and Webster Bank
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THE AMISTAD CENTER FOR ART & CULTURE founded in 1987, owns and exhibits a collection of fine art, artifacts and popular culture objects that documents the experience, expressions and history of people of African descent.

The Amistad Center is an independently incorporated and managed not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, located in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.


We celebrate art and culture influenced by people of African descent through education, scholarship and social experiences.


Minds are opened, lives are changed.

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