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June 19th is celebrated and commemorated in the United States as the anniversary of when enslaved persons in parts of Texas first learned of their liberation in 1865.  Juneteenth, as this annual event is named, is observed in Boston and all over our nation in a festive and poignant way with food, art, music, dance and remembrance of the history of slavery and freedom. 

Juneteenth in Boston, 2021

This day of reflection in the year 2021 resonates now more than ever as a confluence of this pandemic has shed light on the disparities which have greatly impacted our communities of color in the United States.

Our City of Boston, at the same time, has much to celebrate, to name a few, on this Juneteenth Day: Our Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a measure recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day, an annual state holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black slaves in America; we now have our current Mayor of Boston, Kim Janey, the first woman and first person of color to hold this position; Boston also now proudly presents its first All-Inclusive Boston campaign, which highlights its support of diversity and inclusion, to its locals and soon to the world!

On Thursday June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill passed by Congress, making Juneteenth a national holiday.

Celebration in Walsh Park, Dorchester

Events & Activities

Black Gems Unearthed

Black Gems Unearthed is an educational video series about Black History of Massachusetts. We bring...

Reflecting Attucks

Reflecting Attucks is a new temporary exhibit exploring the live and legacy of Crispus Attucks, a...

The Mural Project

Learn about local artists-in-residence cultivating hip-hop culture through street art. As...

Museum of African American History - Now Open

Museum of African American History is ow open! The Museum is committed to providing a safe...

Black-Owned Businesses

Support Black-owned restaurants & other businesses in Greater Boston.

Black Heritage Trail

Walking tour explores history of Boston's 19th century African American community.

City of Boston - Black & Brown-Owned Businesses

The Office of Economic Development mission is to ensure that residents of color can share equally in...

Boston African American Historic Site

Comprised of the largest area of pre-Civil War black owned structures in the U.S.

Boston Black Hospitality Coalition

Aims to preserve the few gathering spaces for the city's many black residents.

Black Owned Bos.

A platform and resource to highlight and lift Black owned businesses, places, spaces and the people... gets inspiration from the work the first Africans that set foot in Boston...

Black Owned Restaurant Guide

Guide includes black owned restaurants & food trucks in several Boston neighborhoods.

GBCVB Multicultural Committee

Our mission is to showcase Boston as a world-class destination for all ethnicities.

Black Economic Council of MA.

Advancing the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community...

NAACP, Boston Branch

Ensures the political, educational, social, & economic equality and rights of all persons and to...

See Boston with new eyes

All Inclusive Boston

Experience a side of Boston that’s multicultural and brimming with vibrancy.