Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all 250,000 enslaved people were freed. It came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Honoring Juneteenth is more complicated than just recognizing the emancipation of enslaved people in our country. It is a day that focuses on fighting racism here and abroad that prevents equity, creates disproportionate suffering, and harms Black adults and children across the globe.
It was the emancipation of enslaved people in the US that allowed this country to turn the page from its most heinous past and chart a more prosperous future. Although it is a celebration, it also signifies our obligation to continue to be advocates for truth and freedom in our communities and throughout the world.
City Events for Juneteenth Jubilee 2023
KanKouran West African Dance Class
Friday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at the Bowie Ice Arena
(3330 Northview Drive)
The community is invited to participate in a free African dance class with KanKouran West African Dance Company at the Bowie Ice Arena. All ages and abilities are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and celebrate dance and music for Juneteenth!
Film Showing: 42: The Jackie Robinson Story
Friday, June 16, at dusk (around 9 p.m.) at the Bowie Ice Arena
Juneteenth Family Reunion
Saturday, June 17, 2023, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Allen Pond Park
Don't miss this FREE event! The City of Bowie and Ruby's Southern Comfort Kitchen are partnering to bring you the Juneteenth Family Reunion! The celebration will bring appreciation and recognition of African American history by creating an atmosphere of unity through a modern-day celebration of heritage that educates and engages the broader community, and inspires future changemakers family reunion style!
Join us for food, inflatable rides, music, dance, games, marketplace vendors, art, health & wellness, a petting zoo and entertainment. This event is open to the entire community of all ages. We want to see you!
Third Annual Fathers & Families Juneteenth Celebration Bike Ride
Sunday, June 18, 9 a.m. (begins at Allen Pond Park)
The City of Bowie Police Department invites fathers and families to celebrate Father's Day with a morning bike ride. There is a 20-mile option, or a 45-mile option, both are for experienced riders. The bike ride begins and ends at Allen Pond Park. Pre-registration is required. Riders will meet at Allen Pond at 8 a.m. and push off at 9 a.m.
7-on-7 Football Tournament
Sunday, June 18, 9 a.m.
(3101 Mitchellville Road - across from Allen Pond Park)
The City of Bowie Police Department and My Brothers Keeper invite fathers and families to join them in a Father's Day and Juneteenth celebration. This event will take place at Mitchellville Field across from Allen Pond Park. Middle and high school teams will compete in a 7-on-7 Tournament and a Big Man's Challenge. Teams must register to play.
Sunday, June 18, 7 p.m. at Allen Pond Park
As part of the Summer Concert Series at Allen Pond Park, the Proverbs Band will be on hand for a Juneteenth celebration performance at the Robert V. Setera Amphitheater at Allen Pond Park.
Allen Pond Park is located at 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie.
Black Heritage - Juneteenth - Prince George's County Memorial Library System (pgcmls.info) https://youtu.be/kJ_glcMeo3w (MNCPPC Juneteenth 2015)
Honoring Juneteenth Through Art in Galveston, Texas - The New York Times (nytimes.com) The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth | National Museum of African American History and Culture (si.edu)
Freedmen’s Bureau Transportation Records: Letters of “Sold” Former Slaves Seeking to Rejoin Loved Ones by Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC. From Rediscovering Black History, the National Archives blog of the Black History Guide, sharing records relating to the Black Experience at the National Archives.
Video: Genealogy and the “Freedman’s Bank:” Records of the Freedman’s Savings & Trust Company by Damani Davis, Reference Archivist at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Handout online.
The Freedmen’s Bureau Preservation Project, by (retired) archivist Reginald Washington, Prologue Magazine
Sealing the Sacred Bonds of Holy Matrimony, Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records, by (retired) archivist Reginald Washington, Prologue Magazine
National Archives Safeguards Original ‘Juneteenth’ General Order, National Archives News
Video: Let No Man Put Asunder: Freedmen's Bureau Marriage Records, by (retired) archivist Reginald Washington
Online resources: African American History National Archives News special topics page
Records of the Freedmen’s Bureau and the Reconstruction of Black Families, Rediscovering Black History, by Bob Nowatzki, Archives Technician, National Archives in College Park, MD.
The Freedman's Savings and Trust Company and African American Genealogical Research, by Reginald Washington, Prologue