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Celebrating 44th Year

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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SWLA Juneteenth Committee, Inc. - Celebrating 44th Year

Invites you to join us at the "Juneteenth Opening Ceremonies & Flag Raising" ~ Wednesday, June 19th, 9:30am

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 For Our Youth
Be Creative
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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?
  • 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
  • BBQ Cook off  50% of Pot to Winner
    BBQ Cook off  50% of Pot to Winner
    Sat, Jun 22
    Lafayette
    Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Lafayette, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Jun 22, 2024, 3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Lafayette, 1500 S Orange St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
    Barbeque Cook off..1/2 Pot Reward
  • 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.

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

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