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SWLA JUNETEENTH COMMITTEE

Juneteenth 2024 Theme:  You Know the Truth, Now the Rest of the Story

Lafayette, LA 2024 Juneteenth Celebrations
June 14 - 22, 2024

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 For Our Youth
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National Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant

Youth ages 7 to 19 can register and compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Juneteenth 2024.  Register by April 30, 2024.

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What is Juneteenth?

Know your history.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.  Juneteenth today celebrates African American freedom and achievement while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.

The Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Juneteenth Committee's mission is to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States by celebrating the joys of liberty, educating the community about African American heritage, and by promoting positive cultural interaction.​  Every year, the SWLA Juneteenth Committee hosts various events in honor of the Juneteenth (June 19th) Holiday, including the SWLA Juneteenth Music Festival. 

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Essay/Poster Contests

Gift Cards for Winners
THEME: Where do I fit in a changing world?
  • The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    Fri, Jun 14
    Acadiana Center for the Arts
    Jun 14, 2024, 7:30 PM – Jun 17, 2024, 9:30 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 14, 2024, 7:30 PM – Jun 17, 2024, 9:30 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Show starts at 7:30 PM. Purchase tickets through Acadiana Center for the Arts.
  • The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    Sat, Jun 15
    Acadiana Center for the Arts
    Jun 15, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
  • The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    The Juneteenth Story (2024)
    Sun, Jun 16
    Acadiana Center for the Arts
    Jun 16, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 16, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
  • MTM Juneteenth Commemoration
    MTM Juneteenth Commemoration
    Mon, Jun 17
    Downtown Convention Center
    Jun 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Downtown Convention Center, 124 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 17, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Downtown Convention Center, 124 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Move the Mindset Juneteenth Commemoration will feature inspiring speakers and entertainment. Check back for updates. Free Event. Open to the public.
  • 40 Acres and a Mule
    40 Acres and a Mule
    Tue, Jun 18
    Downtown Convention Center
    Jun 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Downtown Convention Center
    Jun 18, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    Downtown Convention Center
  • SWLA Juneteenth Opening Ceremony & Flag Raising
    SWLA Juneteenth Opening Ceremony & Flag Raising
    Wed, Jun 19
    Lafayette City Hall
    Jun 19, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Lafayette City Hall, 705 N University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70506, USA
    Jun 19, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Lafayette City Hall, 705 N University Ave, Lafayette, LA 70506, USA
    Join us for the 2024 SWLA Juneteenth Opening Ceremony & Flag Raising with festive activities for all.
  • Juneteenth Lyrical Expressions Spoken Word / Open Mic
    Juneteenth Lyrical Expressions Spoken Word / Open Mic
    Wed, Jun 19
    Historical Heymann Park
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Historical Heymann Park, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 19, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Historical Heymann Park, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
  • 2024 SWLA Juneteenth Banquet & National Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant
    2024 SWLA Juneteenth Banquet & National Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant
    Fri, Jun 21
    Lafayette
    Jun 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
    Lafayette, 124 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
    Lafayette, 124 S Buchanan St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Annual Juneteenth Banquet
  • 2024 Juneteenth Music Festival & Stone Soul Picnic
    2024 Juneteenth Music Festival & Stone Soul Picnic
    Sat, Jun 22
    Lafayette
    Jun 22, 2024, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Lafayette, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Lafayette, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Join the Juneteenth Celebration

Special thanks to our Sponsors

Honoring our Heritage. Uniting the Community.

Celebrating Equality.

 

TOGETHER.

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YEARS OF JUNETEENTH CELEBRATIONS IN LAFAYETTE

LOUISIANA

157

YEARS SINCE THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

4,500 +

NUMBER OF ATTENDEES AT 2021 SWLA JUNETEENTH EVENTS &  MUSIC FESTIVAL

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