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African American Museum of Iowa - Juneteenth

Date: 06/14/2019
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
African American Museum of Iowa
55 12th Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids , IA

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America.

After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, owners in many isolated areas kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Confederate Galveston, Texas. Since that day, Juneteenth has been celebrated to honor the African Americans who built this nation.

Juneteenth Celebration in Cedar Rapids

The 2019 Juneteenth celebration will be held on June 14 (at the AAMI) and June 15 (at Viola Gibson Park).

 

For more information visit:

https://blackiowa.org/juneteenth/ or  

https://www.facebook.com/events/293138521579994/  

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Because of the continuation of social distancing and precautions taking place to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with recommendations by both the Linn County Public Health Department and the City of Cedar Rapids Mayor, it is with a heavy heart that we announce that the 2020 Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival has been CANCELLED.

To encourage the community to help support our non-profit organization, and to ensure the Festival’s longevity and ability to return in 2021, 2020 Commemorative Freedom Festival Buttons are on sale NOW at all Cedar Rapids and Marion Hy-Vee Stores. Buttons are $5 each, and include a Hy-Vee booklet of coupons totaling over $30 in savings!

PLUS Hy-Vee has been generous to offer and honor our yearly Freedom Festival tradition of giving away a $100 Hy-Vee Gift Card to FIVE lucky winners! For “Show Us Your Button” Promotion details CLICK HERE.