Juneteenth originated in 1865 and observes June 19 as African American Emancipation Day, the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Following the morning Juneteenth Parade on N. 30th St., celebrators and Mayor Jim Suttle braved the drizzle and unseasonably cool weather to gather outside Washington Branch. The Juneteenth flag-raising, met with applause, was followed by the passing of the lantern award.
Then it was time for fun! Though festivities were forced indoors, spirits weren’t dampened. Families enjoyed carnival fare like hotdogs and chips, popcorn and soda, and snow cones and cotton candy. Children (and even adults!) had their faces painted, and balloons twisted into animals and flowers. The bouncy house was packed, too.
The OPL Foundation and Friends of OPL helped make this event a success; thank you. The Juneteenth celebration will continue at Washington Branch with a Juneteenth Family Movie every Monday in June. View photos from the event below, and see even more on Flickr. Enjoy!