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Juneteenth Jamboree

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.”

**All Juneteenth Jamboree events and activities are included with museum admission.**

Performing artists

  • Juneteenth Story time with Portia Jackson (11:30 a.m.)
  • Griot Drum Ensemble (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.)
  • Major Taylor Band (1 & 2 p.m.)
  • Visiting Artist Workshop with Ashley Nora (1 & 2 p.m.)


  • Participate in Murals for Justice
  • View the "Juneteenth: The Galveston Story" screening (10:30 a.m.)
  • Provide Juneteenth event feedback
  • Ride an interactive cycling simulator with Nine13sports
  • Build a trophy with the RISE organization

Juneteenth Jamboree Marketplace

Community vendors

  • Kiss of Silk Locally-owned small business making handcrafted and plant-based skin care products
  • Deeply Rooted Doula Licensed Doula services providing birth support information
  • Jalysa Delyn Communications Indianapolis author selling copies of the children’s book, I Can Be Anything
  • Zolas Jewelry Indianapolis based artist’s hand-made jewelry in a mix of semi-precious stones, wood, gold over-lay and sterling silver
  • TianSunYara Boutique Paparazzi jewelry and accessories
  • BHS Creations, LLC Small business selling postcards and books that reflect the beauty and diversity of the human experience
  • Author S.E. Floyd Indianapolis author selling copies of children's book, Why So Picky?

Community partners

  • Ivy Tech Community College Indiana’s largest post-secondary institution and the nation's largest individual accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 100,000 students annually.
  • Indiana Commission for Higher Education Responsible for administering state-based financial aid programs (21st Century Scholars, Next Level Jobs, etc.), coordinating state’s public higher education system, and bolstering higher education rates.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Service youth with one-on-one mentoring in Hamilton, Johnson, and Marion Counties. They strive to ignite the power and promise of youth, beginning enrollment from ages 8–14.
  • James and Rosemary Phalen Leadership Academy A national charter school with eight PLA institutes located/ based out of Indianapolis.
  • Brooke's Place Brooke’s Place provides an environment where children and their families have the opportunity to share their story and begin to heal after the death of a loved one.
  • Tabernacle Presbyterian Church Sports Recreation Local congregation with several community ministries including a recreation program, a tutoring program, a 3 day per week meal program and  summer jazz concerts free to the public.
  • Raphael Health Center Community health center offering medical, dental, optometry, and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale.
  • Global Village Welcome Center/International Marketplace Coalition A cultural museum that celebrates all countries and cultures through exhibits, dining experiences, festivals, and holiday celebrations.
  • The Mind Trust Local organization empowering students, educators, and communities in Indianapolis to ensure every child has access to a great schools and educational resources.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter A historically African American sorority, founded in 1913 by 22 college-educated women dedicated to public service with an emphasis on programs that assist the African American community. 
  • INAEYC- On My Way Pre-K Providing tuition vouchers to help families that have four-year olds receive a high-quality preschool experience before the child goes to kindergarten.
  • Nine13sports Youth bicycle non-profit that focuses on education through the power of the bike. 
  • Highland Vicinity Neighborhood Association The association of residents of the Highland Vicinity Neighborhood.
  • Alpha Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority INC The oldest Black sorority in America comprised of college age and adult women encouraging scholarship and community service.
  • Crown Hill Neighborhood Association Civil organization addressing issues around poverty, housing, food access, safety, education and community engagement.
  • Meridian Highland Neighborhood Association (MNHA) MHNA covers the boundaries between 16th Street and Fall Creek, and from Senate Ave to Meridian. Their main purpose is to improve and stabilize their neighborhood. 
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc: Divine Nine Historical African American Greek Letter Organizations established in the early 1900's.
  • Institute For Quality Education Providing support to students and families with a vision of a K–12 education system that provides quality education options for every Indiana student and a statewide network advocating for education policies that benefit children.

Corporate partner

  • Old National Bank Hear financial empowerment strategies that can help you achieve personal and business financial goals. 

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