The City's Office of Equity and Human Rights has partnered with the African American Museum of Iowa to host a free virtual presentation, "Juneteenth and Emancipation " from noon - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, more than 150 years ago. Due to the slow spread of information through the South, enslaved African Americans in Texas did not learn they had been freed until June 19, 1865 - more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In order to fully understand the impact of this moment, this program will look at the history and effects of slavery on the United States. Many communities celebrate Juneteenth through parades, festivals, and large community celebrations that highlight this momentous event while also sharing African American culture and heritage.

How to attend

The Zoom webinar link will be sent out prior to the program’s start. To sign-up to participate, visit

Date of publication

Tuesday, May 31, 2022