Commemorate Juneteenth at one of Fort Worth’s many celebrations – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth


Posted on June 13, 2022

While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became legally effective on January 1, 1863, it was some time before news reached the farthest reaches of the country. Union soldiers finally landed in Galveston on June 19, 1865, bringing the news with them, and Juneteenth was born – a holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States.

“Fort Worth is extremely proud to count the legacy of Juneteenth as a national holiday in the United States of America for Mrs. Opal Lee and the resilience, community and love of the people of Panther City and Americans everywhere” said Christina A. Brooks, Worth’s Fort Chief Equity Officer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “In honor of our collective ancestors, we must continue to be responsible for securing American freedom and celebrating our progress together.”

The City of Fort Worth and many Fort Worth organizations will honor this historic occasion with a variety of events and activities.

Live broadcast from the town hall

Tune in to attend the City of Fort Worth’s June 19 celebration which will include a historical presentation, a dance program, and inspiring musical performances by a choir comprised of city employees.

The celebration can be viewed live from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 16 on FWTV and the city’s YouTube channel.

The program is presented by the City of Fort Worth Employee Diversity and Inclusion Committee and its Juneteenth Volunteer Planning Group.

Fort Worth Public Library Activities

  • Craft Gee’s Bend Quilts. Enslaved African-American women in Gee’s Bend used creativity and minimal materials to create distinctive quilts. Celebrate Juneteenth using the techniques they used and design your own quilt square. Locations and times:
    • Wednesday, June 15, 2-3 p.m., RISE Library and 4-5 p.m., Northwest Library.
    • Friday, June 17, 4-5 p.m., Diamond Hill Library and 5-6 p.m., East Berry Library.
    • Saturday, June 18, 3-4 p.m., Northside Library.
    • Tuesday, June 21, 4-5 p.m., Riddlea Library.
    • Wednesday 22 June, 4-5 p.m., Triangle d’Or Library.

  • Freedom flag collage craft. Create your own freedom flag. Locations and times:
    • Tuesday, June 14, 4-5 p.m., Riverside Library.
    • Friday, June 17, 4-5:30 p.m., Wedgwood Library.
    • Saturday 18 June, 1-2 p.m., Central Library.

  • RED (Remember Every Dream) Open Mic. Thursday June 16, 5-6.30 p.m., Ella Mae Shamblee Library. During the June 19th celebration, you will often see people dressed in red, drinking strawberry soda and eating red-hued foods to commemorate the slaves of Galveston. Members of the community are invited to share their word, their poetry or their song. Artists, don’t forget: it’s a family place.

City-wide events

  • Saturday, June 18, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Opal’s March for Freedom Kick-Off Breakfast, Evans Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave.
  • Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to noon: Opal’s Walk for Freedom, Evans Plaza, 1050 Evans Ave.
  • Saturday, June 18, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.: I am Juneteenth FTW Community Festival, Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St.
  • Saturday, June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lake Como Community Juneteenth Celebration, Como Community Center, 4660 Horne St.
  • Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Far Greater Northside Historical Neighborhood Association Juneteenth Celebration, Lincoln Park, 2922 Lincoln Ave. Presented in partnership with the City of Fort Worth North Tri-Ethnic Community Center. Program speakers begin at 11 a.m., a free lunch is served at noon, and children’s activities will continue from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 19, 1-9 p.m.: Soul of Sycamore Festival at Sycamore Park, 2400 E. Vickery Blvd.
  • Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Juneteenth Jubilee, Texas Wesleyan University, 3100 E. Rosedale Ave.
  • Sunday, June 19, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., free all-day admission to Fort Worth Botanical Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Center Blvd.

See more details about online community events.

On Monday, June 20, most municipal offices, including City Hall, will be closed. Emergency services will be available as usual.

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