Juneteenth Celebration Event
We are excited to announce that this year for the first time, UNA has asked The City of Florence, Alabama to partner with us to host the inaugural Juneteenth Celebration for the entire Shoals community. This event not only celebrates freedom, heritage, and community, but also raises awareness for and provides the community an opportunity to support and learn about the many amazing businesses within our community.

We’re proud to announce that this year’s event will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2022 from 1:00pm-8:00pm at Lewis Field [1050 Pruitt Street Florence, AL 35630].

There will be FREE food, live music, face painting, vendors, and more!

 If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact:  

Ron Patterson Kaytrina Simmons
VP for DEI (UNA) OR Florence, AL City Council Member
rpatterson1@una.edu ksimmons@florenceal.org 


Juneteenth Celebration (Brief History)

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became law in January 1863, it could not be enforced in places still under confederate control. Thus, it took more than two years for approximately 250,000 Texan slaves to learn their freedom had been secured by the government.


Currently, 47 states—including Alabama—have adopted Juneteenth as a holiday and on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the US Senate voted unanimously to make it a federal holiday. That bill now heads to the US House of Representatives for approval. For more information about Juneteenth and the passage of legislation, visit the link below.


Juneteenth's Celebration of Resilience

To view even more history, porch stories, and a rendition of the Negro National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," click the link below.


Related Courses

For information regarding courses offered at UNA as relates to Juneteenth and African American History, click the link below.


Happy Juneteenth!