Juneteenth at Oakland Cemetery


  • Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Oakland Cemetery - 248 Oakland Ave SE

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Originally celebrated in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, Juneteenth is a nationally-recognized commemorative day celebrating the abolishment of slavery in the Confederate south at the end of the Civil War.

Historic Oakland Foundation hosts a Juneteenth celebration at Oakland Cemetery on Saturday, June 17. Please join us at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower for:

  • Guided walking tours of Oakland Cemetery’s African American grounds
    • Adult tours at 9:15 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
    • Children’s tour at 10:15
  • Storytelling with LaDoris Bias-Davis
    • 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Headstone cleaning workshop
    • 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
  • Cultural Scavenger Hunt for kids (updated for 2017)
    • A self-guided, kid-friendly hunt available at any time during Juneteenth
  • Burial records lookup
  • Details on Historic Oakland Foundation’s African American grounds restoration project
  • Discounts on select book titles in the Visitors Center & Museum Shop
  • Discounts on Historic Oakland Foundation memberships

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations required.