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Celebrate Juneteenth in
Harriet Tubman’s Chosen Hometown

Juneteenth (June 19) observe the 1866 date that marked the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and it is a time of nationwide celebration. Also called “Freedom Day,” Juneteenth is an excellent opportunity to acknowledge and spotlight those who are making important strides in uplifting Black individuals.

Harriet Tubman Home

In this blog, we’re sharing several commemorative Juneteenth activities taking place in Cayuga County, as well as ways you can support and learn more about past and present Black leaders and entrepreneurs – so mark your calendars!

Proclamation and Parade: The City of Auburn will officially recognize and celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday, June 15, beginning with a ceremony and proclamation at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall. Stick around to watch the Juneteenth parade kickoff around 11:20 a.m. Spend the rest of the day at Booker T. Washington Community Center, with food, music, vendors and kid-friendly activities. There will even be a Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageantry Program, where young ladies (ages 13-18) will showcase their talents and develop a sense of self-confidence and pride.

Explore Cayuga’s outdoors and connect with GirlTrek: Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is paramount for African Americans, and there are many Black influencers who have made it their mission to help this community achieve this goal. T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison recognized the importance of making this goal achievable, inspiring them to create GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls – an organization whose mission is to empower Black women to get active. (Fun facts: GirlTrek has partnered with Cayuga County during commemorative events celebrating Harriet Tubman, and they’ve even received support from First Lady Michelle Obama!)  GirlTrek’s jumpstart challenge checklist lists different ways to get active within 30 days, and June is a great month to get started. Cayuga County has over 65 miles of trails to explore, providing plenty of opportunities to complete your trek checklist while exploring the destination Harriet Tubman once called home.

For more business to explore visit Tour Cayuga’s Discover Black Owned Business Page.

Visit Harriet Tubman Landmarks: Influencers like travel host Philwaukee a.k.a. Phil the Culture and expert Martinique “Marty” Lewis (host of National Geographic’s “Black Travel Across America”) have both experienced the imprint of Harriet Tubman on Cayuga County’s culture, and we invite you to do the same! Explore the landmarks where Harriet Tubman’s legacy continues to thrive.

Keep an eye on our events page for even more Juneteenth events – information will be provided as it becomes available!