Celebrating Juneteenth in High Point

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Celebrating Juneteenth in High Point, North Carolina: A Journey Through History and Joy

Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were finally informed of their freedom, over two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. June 19th, recognized as the longest-running African American holiday, has evolved into a celebration of freedom, resilience, and African American culture.

A Glimpse into High Point's Black History

High Point, North Carolina, renowned as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” also boasts a rich tapestry of African American history. The city’s Black community has long been a cornerstone of its cultural and economic development. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, High Point became a hub for African American entrepreneurship and education. Significant figures include Alfred J. Griffin, who established the first Black-owned newspaper, and the pioneers behind the establishment of High Point Normal and Industrial Institute, which laid the groundwork for educational opportunities for African Americans and later became the William Penn High School.

High Point’s Washington Street District stands as a testament to this vibrant history. Once a thriving center of Black business and social life, it remains a crucial site for understanding the community’s enduring legacy and contributions.

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Learn more about High Point’s legacy and history through our digital African American Heritage Guide.

Exciting Juneteenth Events

R&B Soul Picnic
Saturday, July 15th 
2 pm-11 pm
1841 Eastchester Drive | High Point, NC

RnB Soul Picnic is coming to High Point! Experience a soul-healing music festival with food, vendors, games, and more. This unique festival focuses on mental health and provides a healthy outlet for all guests. It is open to all ages.

Juneteenth Celebration
Sunday, June 16th
2 pm-6 pm
301 North Elm Street | High Point, NC

Head to Truist Point for a Juneteenth celebration honoring High Point native Fantasia Barrino-Taylor! The event will feature local talent, food trucks, vendors, and more. It is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call (336) 434-4000 for more information on how to get your free tickets.

Juneteenth Jubilee
Tuesday, June 18th
4 pm-6 pm
401 Taylor Avenue | High Point, NC

Experience a time of reflection, remembrance, and celebration through High Point Parks and Recreation’s Juneteenth Jubilee. The event will be held at Becky’s and Mary’s, one of the oldest Black-owned restaurants in High Point. This event will feature a time of reflection on the lasting impacts of slavery in our community.

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Juneteenth: Freedom Day Exhibit
Saturday, June 15th & Saturday, June 22nd
10 am-4:30 pm
1859 East Lexington Avenue | High Point, NC

The High Point Museum will honor Juneteenth with an outdoor exhibition titled “Juneteenth: Freedom Day”. This exhibit delves into the historical milestones leading up to Juneteenth, featuring documents and photographs from the Emancipation Proclamation to the first celebrations in Texas, emphasizing its significance in American history.

Embracing the Spirit of Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth in High Point is more than just attending events; it’s about embracing the spirit of the holiday. It’s a time to reflect on the past, recognize the progress made, and commit to continued advocacy for equality and justice. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, participating in our Juneteenth festivities offers a unique and enriching experience, connecting you to the heard of High Point’s African American heritage.

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