Juneteenth celebrations planned in Jefferson City and Columbia

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Juneteenth celebration preparations are underway in both Jefferson City and Columbia.

The Jefferson City Heritage Celebration kicks off Monday, June 14 with a week of virtual presentations.  All of the programs begin at 1:30 p.m. 

  • Monday:  Sappington African American Cemetery
  • Tuesday:  Jefferson City Public Schools
  • Wednesday:  Mental Health & the Pandemic
  • Thursday:  Deciding Our Destiny/MO NAACP Travel Advisory
  • Friday:  Lincoln University (1866 & the Emancipation and LU’s first-ever HBCU Law Enforcement Training Academy)

An in-person Emancipation program is scheduled for Saturday, June 19.  The program begins at 10 a.m. at Lincoln University’s Soldier’s Memorial Plaza.  The ceremony will be followed by a motorcade that ends at Community Park with a bicycle give away. 

Meanwhile, Columbia Parks and Recreation is hosting a Juneteenth block party at Douglass Park on Saturday, June 19.  The party runs from 12 to 2 p.m. and includes a live DJ, games, informational tables, and gift bags for the kids. 

Just before the block party, there’s a guided tour of the African American Heritage Trail.  The tour begins in Douglass Park at 10 a.m. and ends just in time for the block party.

To learn more about the Jefferson City Heritage Celebration, go to juneteenthjcmo.org.  To learn more about Columbia Park and Rec’s celebration, call 573-874-7460.