Youth Events - Time to Register
Essay & Poster Contests:
This year's theme is "How Can I Discover My Roots". Share your message creatively. Register by June 1. Click to learn about requirements, prizes and registering.
Youth ages 9 to 19 can register and compete for the titles of Mr. and Miss Juneteenth 2023. Register by May 15.
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.