Celebrate Juneteenth 2021 in Downtown Springfield

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With every year that passes, Juneteenth celebrations become bigger and bigger in our city.

June 19 is recognized as the day slaves were freed after the civil war ended. Celebrations were first held in churches and have grown exponentially with the second civil rights movement. In Springfield, new events mix with the old. Check it all out here…


Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony

Join Mayor Sarno and the Juneteenth Jubilee Committee on the steps of City Hall for a special Flag Raising Ceremony.


Springfield Museum’s “Horn Man: The Life and Musical Legacy of Charles Neville” Exhibition Begins

Springfield Museums – The Wood Museum is working with Kristin Neville to celebrate Charles Neville’s life and musical legacy through an exhibition of personal mementos, musical instruments, photographs, and, of course, his music. The Blues to Green Jazz and Roots Festival in Springfield, started by Kristin in 2013 with support from her husband, will celebrate its 8th season in August 2021, and Charles’s legacy will carry forward with the Charles Neville Legacy Project, a program which will bring acclaimed musicians of color into the Springfield public schools to teach history and literature while centering Black people and social justice.(Photo by John “Nunu” Zomot)



Granny’s Baking Table Saturday Music in The Park

Fuel up before the days festivities and stop by Granny’s Baking Table for breakfast, coffee, and live music. Click here for more info. 


Juneteenth Jubilee at Court Square

Court Square Jamboree | 4pm – 7pm | Featuring White Lion Pop-Up, Walk-in Vaccination Clinic, the taste of Dine Black Springfield, and more! Click here for more info. 






Dewey’s Lounge will be having Gengis Don and The Empire. Live music will begin at 9pm.

Drummer/Producer/Singer/Arranger Gengis Don makes his Musical mark on the world with his Super Group, The Empire! Click here for more info




Visit the PAHMUSA Museum

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Since 1995 the founders of the Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA) have been bringing African and African-American culture and history alive for area students as well as the general public in their museum spaces at Tower Square.

Featuring a well rounded collection of contemporary and historical artwork and artifacts. PAHMUSA is where African culture and African-American history converge to paint a full picture of Black History, with a special focus on Western Massachusetts.

Taking the visitor back in time in Africa, PAHMUSA’s newest exhibit is entitled: The Golden Age of the Magnificent Empires: Ghana, Mali, Songhay. Visitors are encouraged to take a journey back to the Middle Ages and learn how the Sudanic empires developed wealth from the trade of gold and salt, and how those empires enjoyed a time of prosperity, adventure and splendor.

Visitors can also enjoy learning more about African-American history as it took place right here in Springfield, through the African American Heritage Trail Tour. This tour begins at PAHMUSA, and then takes the visitor on a walking excursion of downtown Springfield making stops at secret hiding places once used for safe passage through the Underground Railroad as well as other fascinating points of interest.

PAHMUSA has acquired most of it’s museum artifacts through donations from African museums, purchases made in Senegal, loans from contributors and donations. PAHMUSA is located is located just down the hall from the Tower Square management office on the mezzanine level. If you are interested in scheduling a tour, you can contact PAHMUSA at (413) 777-4823 or email pahmusa1@juno.com.

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  • Jenise

    I would like to offer a correction. In your statement, “June 19 is recognized as the day slaves were freed after the civil war ended.”
    First, they were enslaved Africans. Second, it is celebrated as a freedom day by Black Americans in recognition of the fact that enslaved Africans had been emancipated in 1862. Yet, it took 2.5 years for enslaved Africans in Texas to finally be released and only due to the fact that federal troops had arrived on June 19th to ensure their release.

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