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Kathy T
1616 Ash Street
(North Memphis)
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the project

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.
2021 marks the 28th anniversary of the The Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in Douglass Park, started by Douglass’ own Glynn Johns Reed in 1993. This year’s theme is Black Liberation further highlighting our struggle to be free from oppression. 
Please help us keep our beloved founders vision alive by donating today!

the steps

  1. Obtain Permits by March 15, 2021.
  2. Obtain Insurance by April 1, 2021.
  3. Make Arrangement for Staging and Other Supplies by April 1, 2021.
  4. Make Calls For Vendors by May 1, 2021.
  5. Book Stage Acts - May 1, 2021.
  6. 1st day festival, June 18, 2021.

why we're doing it

History tells us that in 1865 President Lincoln signed a bill that finally outlawed slavery.  But black people were still enslaved in the south for some time because of plantation owners are not willing to give up their free labor. In 1867, General Granger finally got the word to the last of the slaves in Galveston Texas.  It almost set off another Civil War. The president even had to send  U.S. troops to Texas to force slave owners to release their slaves. It's important that we know as much of our history as possible so as not to repeat it.  It's our duty to make sure we pass our stories down because they are not always written down. This festival helps keep our history current and gives our people some pride.


Venue Cost= $1500

Food= $1000

Staff Compensation= $1000

Bands and Other Entertainment= $1500

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) N/A
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)



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