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New Bedford celebrates Juneteenth this weekend with jazz music, a family-friendly jubilee, a pop-up market to support Black-owned businesses, and a commemoration at City Hall.
Juneteenth, often referred to as America’s true Independence Day, marks the end of slavery across the nation. On June 19, 1865 — a full two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation — the Union Army took control of Galveston, Texas, informing enslaved people in the Confederate state that they were free.
Last year, Juneteenth was designated an official state holiday in Massachusetts, and because it falls on Saturday this year, New Bedford city offices and libraries will be closed on Friday. Also, the city’s Human Relations Commission will host a ceremony on the steps of City Hall at 1 p.m. Friday, with a speaking program about Juneteenth’s historical significance.
3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 19
NEW BEDFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The New Bedford Historical Society is celebrating its 5th annual Jazz Juneteenth concert with an inaugural backdrop. Local musicians, like Whaling City Sound and others, will play in front of the new Jazz Mural on Centre Street — an artistic tribute to the legacy of local musicians.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 19
BUYBLACKNB/ROTCH-JONES-DUFF HOUSE AND GARDEN MUSEUM
Black businesses have suffered huge losses during the pandemic. So BuyBlackNB is creating a space to support them. Shop a selection of local Black-owned businesses from fashion boutiques to fine art while enjoying music, giveaways, food from local restaurants and community building.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 19
COLLECTIVE FOR CHANGE/NAACP NEW BEDFORD
The second annual event will feature local vendors, food trucks, games, performances and more. It’s happening at the HEAL Center, 95 Cedar St.
11 a.m.-noon Thursday, June 17
Join LaSella Hall (Frederick Douglass Unity House), Lee Blake, (New Bedford Historical Society), Gail Fortes (YMCA Southeastern Massachusetts), and other panelists via Zoom for a talk about Juneteenth.
Thursday June 17-Oct. 17
DATMA/3RD EYE/THE COMMUNAL SPACE
Design Art Technology Massachusetts (DATMA) launches its public art exhibition “WATER 2021” Thursday with a daylong slate of live and virtual events. Here are some of highlights.
- “Harvesters of the Deep” features life-sized portraits celebrating women working in the fishing industry from Korean shellfish divers to New Bedford fisherwomen. Kiosks are set up along the downtown waterfront.
- “Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the Deep” will put scientific archival photography on display in storefront windows downtown along Union Street between Acushnet Avenue and North 2nd Street.
- An intricate sound installation by Swiss artist Zimoun will reside at the Star Store gallery through Sept. 13.
- At 6 p.m., tune in to a virtual launch party hosted by 3rd EyE Youth Empowerment, featuring the city’s Poet Laureate Patricia Gomes, mural artists, musicians and more.
1-5 p.m., Saturday June 19
MORNA LOUNGE AND GRILL
Day drink and rock to old-school jams selected by DJ Frankie Rhymin at this R&B party brunch on Juneteenth, all for a good cause. Donate a pair of new or used white Nike Air Force 1 shoes (any size) and get a free drink. The AF1s will be distributed to 20 youths in need for the upcoming school year. The recently opened Morna specializes in Portuguese and Cape Verdean fare. Admission cost does not include food.
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