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SWLA
JUNETEENTH
COMMITTEE

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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. 

  • Juneteenth Job Fair
    Jun 17, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    CLIFTON CHEINER CENTER, 220 W Willow St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    This job fair is to promote and encourage students and adults to move into the workplace and offer educational alternatives and opportunities
  • Move the Mindset Juneteenth Commemoration
    Jun 17, 6:00 PM – Jun 18, 8:00 PM
    Corner of Lee & Jefferson, 735 Jefferson St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Speakers, Poetry & Music
  • Juneteenth Sickle Cell Anemia Walk
    Jun 18, 7:20 AM CDT
    Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA
    Join us in celebrating Juneteenth and World Sickle Cell Day this June with the Juneteenth Sickle Cell Anemia Walk.
  • 2022 SWLA Juneteenth Festival
    Jun 18, 9:00 AM CDT
    2700 Louisiana Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Live Entertainment including Drummers and Dancers West African Style.
  • Gospel on the Lawn
    Jun 19, 1:00 PM CDT
    2700 Louisiana Ave, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Join as multiple churches come together to pray and sing.
  • True Friends of La Pointe True Friends Hall
    Jun 19, 3:00 PM
    True Friends Hall, St Martinville, LA 70582, USA
  • Juneteenth Play  - Matinee Showing
    Jun 22, 2:00 PM CDT
    James Devin Moncus Theater, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    For the truth will set you free
  • Juneteenth Play - Evening Showing
    Jun 22, 7:00 PM CDT
    James Devin Moncus Theater, 101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA 70501
    For the truth will set you free
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14

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