Juneteenth Celebrations Return to MTCC

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has announced another great lineup of celebrations to honor Juneteenth. The celebrations come after the MTCC’s grand reopening in December, which unveiled the building’s $3.5 million renovations to the permanent gallery as well as the addition of new cutting-edge technology.

Originating in Texas, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. With a focus on education, freedom and forward thinking, the day has changed a bit since the original African American Emancipation Day was first celebrated in 1865, but the heart and message remain the same.

To celebrate Juneteenth, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is once again hosting its free “Juneteenth in da Rock” festival on Saturday, June 15, with more space and more events in store. At the block party on Ninth Street, attendees will find food trucks, activities for kids, vendor booths, educational opportunities and more, as well as a day full of live music.

Earlier that morning, the third annual Juneteenth 5K walk/run will hit the pavement on a route designed to highlight some of Little Rock’s Black historical sites like Little Rock Central High School, the home of Judge Mifflin Gibb, Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College. It starts at 7 a.m. More on that here.

Ahead of Saturday’s events, MTCC will host a Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony on Saturday, June 1. MTCC is also encouraging locals to take part in affiliate events throughout the month, including film screenings, concerts, yoga and events specifically designed for kids. These partnerships “will celebrate the rich traditions of Black Arkansans, showcase local artists and artisans and commemorate the federal holiday in Arkansas.”

“Juneteenth is more than just a celebration with music and food, it’s the very foundation of the story and history of our people in America,” says Quantia Fletcher, director of the MTCC. “Juneteenth is a time to pay homage to our ancestors, recognize the past and share programming and education opportunities about the experiences of Black Americans.”

For more information on Juneteenth in da Rock, visit the MTCC website, and follow along on Facebook, X and Instagram for the latest.

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