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Juneteenth celebrations kick off in Greenwood District

Tulsa Juneteenth

Celebrations for Tulsa's Juneteenth Festival are currently underway in the Historic Greenwood District.

Juneteenth commemorates the day a group of enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas finally learned of their freedom two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed.

In 2021, President Biden signed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

Events honoring Juneteenth begin Thursday afternoon with an art exhibit at the Zarrow Center followed by a block party along Greenwood Avenue.

The party continues Friday evening on the lawn near the Historic Vernon AME Church where multiple artists will be featured on a main stage.

On Saturday, event organizers will be up early preparing for the Sunrise Run starting at 5:30 a.m. A wellness experience, more art exhibits and live music starting at 5:00 p.m. will finish out this year's celebrations.

To view the full list of events, click here.

Before making her way to Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS News Director Cassidy Mudd worked as an assignment editor and digital producer at a local news station. Her work has appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC affiliates across the country.