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Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend

A Celebration of Freedom

This year marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth! Don't miss out on our celebration, from June 17-20.

Juneteenth at The Wright

Education. Economic Independence. Engagement. These themes define our Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend, held from June 17-20!  Due to precautions around COVID-19, The Wright will celebrate online, with some in-person elements.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THIS EVENT!



What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War ended, and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement was more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Image: Austin History Center

  • BLKFreedom Film

    BLKFreedom continues the tradition of exploring freedom, justice, and democracy in America with a new film documenting the national exploration of the deep-rooted anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
  • Explore our In-Person Juneteenth Events

    While Juneteenth Jubilee Freedom Weekend takes place primarily online, some events will be hosted at select locations across Detroit. We encourage all participants to follow state and local COVID protocols!
  • Stream our Juneteenth Playlist on Spotify!

    Enjoy the music free of charge, then share the playlist with your family and friends!
  • Shop our Juneteenth Collection

    Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

    Get everything you want from our Online Store now and pay over time! With Shop Pay, purchases from $50 - $1,000 can be made in 4 easy installments.

    Museum members receive 10% off their entire order.


There are many kinds of freedom: Freedom from enslavement, Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Political Freedom, to name a few. In these turbulent times, it is important not only to amplify the voices of our youth but also to support their long-term efforts to organize their communities.

The Wright Museum asked one question to children everywhere: What does freedom mean to you?  Check out this stellar response from 9-year-old Cameron!

“Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.”
Texas Rep. Al Edwards

Image slider photo credit: Shutterstock; Detroit Metro Times