Juneteenth Celebrations

Harriet Tubman Invites You to Celebrate Juneteenth in Her Hometown

Juneteenth 2022

 Join us for a weekend long Juneteenth Celebration to commemorate Black and African American freedom and achievements June 16-19, 2022.

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration began on June 19, 1865, which became known as Juneteenth, when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas to deliver the final execution of the Emancipation Proclamation. 

For all of us here in Auburn, NY, Juneteenth goes just a little deeper. As the chosen home of Harriet Tubman, the spirit of Juneteenth is alive. It not only commemorates the emancipation of African Americans in the United States, but also celebrates their achievements in history and the fight for a stronger, brighter and fairer future. While in Auburn keep Harriet Tubman’s strength and spirit in mind as you visit the many sites that commemorate her life and fight for freedom. Make sure and stop by her gravesite at Fort Hill Cemetery to leave a little memento in her honor.


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Thursday, June 16, Friday, June 17 and Saturday June 18, 2022

HarrHarriet Tubman Walking Touriet Tubman National
Historical Park Tours

10:00am-   "Hike Through the History of Tubman" walking tours . Tours will depart from the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center, 25 South Street.

2:00pm - "Harriet Tubman's Home in Freedom" tour at the 180 South Street homesite. Contact kimberely_szewczyk@nps.gov or (315)882-8060 for reservations.

4:00pm- National Park Service Rangers will also be at the Heritage Center at 25 South Street at 4:00pm to present free gallery talks, no registration needed.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Movie on the Lawn: "Harriet"

Harriet Tubman

Join us on the lawn at the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center at 8:30pm or dark for a viewing of the 2019 film Harriet.

Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America's greatest hero's.

Movie is rated PG-13 and runs 2 hours and 5 minutes and admission is free.

Friday, June 17, 2022

First Annual Juneteenth Celebration
at the Hilton Garden Inn

  • Featuring Community Awards

    Music by On the Move Entertainment                                                 

    7:00-9:00pm-Hors d'oeuvres and Open Bar

    Tickets: $60     For more information or to reserve your spot contact: info@entertainmentcny.com

    Juneteenth Gala 2022


Saturday, June 18, 2022

Opening Ceremonies
Equal Rights Heritage Center 

  • Juneteenth Proclamation

    City of Auburn Mayor Quill and Council Members invite everyone to join them in the courtyard of the Heritage Center for the official City of Auburn Juneteenth 2022 Proclamation Ceremony and other special readings.

  • Join the first annual Juneteenth Parade from the the Equal Rights Heritage Center down  historic South Street to the Booker T. Washington Community Center. Interested parade participants please contact tgilliam@caphelps.org for an application, registration deadline is May8.

Ride Through History Trolley Tours

Sponsored by the National Park Service and The Seward House Museum

    Meet your ranger at the Lincoln Street entrance to the NYS Equal Rights Heritage Center at 25 South Street, Auburn NY.

    Saturday, June 18,2022

    9:15 am

    Tours are 45 minutes in length

  • Join a National Park Service Ranger and the Seward House Museum’s Director of Education for a narrated trolley ride through history. Learn the significance of Juneteenth and the intertwined stories of Harriet Tubman and the Seward Family. Tour will travel by the Seward Mansion, Seward Park, the Tubman and Seward gravesites, Tubman’s church, and through the Historic Black Neighborhood of Auburn.

    We hope you can join us!
    This tour is free, open to the public and is suitable for all ages.
    Reservations are suggested

  • Seating in limited so reservations are encouraged. Call 315-882-8060 to reserve your seat.

    This tour is free and open to the public.

Booker T. Washington Center Events

  • The Booker T. Washington Center will host an afternoon Juneteenth Celebration complete with Food, music, over 30 vendors and kid friendly activities. Join us for family friendly fun!


  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
    Face Painting
    Glitter Tattoos
    Carnival Style Basketball Shootout
    Skee Ball
    Slime Station
    Indoor Film
    Plus Much More!

  • Noon- On the Move  mobile DJ                                               Brownskin Band                                     

    12:30pm- Performances by local youth

    1:00pm-Voices of Faith

    1:30pm-Perform 4 Purpose              

    2:30pm- Brownskin Band

    4:00pm-On the Move Mobile DJ                                                                   

    Brownskin Band


Downtown Auburn 
Evening Events

  • The Juneteenth weekend celebration will end with a night o live music, food, vendors and drinks from Next Chapter Brewpub in downtown Auburn. Evening will be emceed by Booker T Washington Community Center Board Member Brian Muldrow. 

  • 5:00pm- Classic R&B with: U.A.D

    6:30pm-Soul/Comedy DuoSingTrece and Kenneth McLaurin

    8:00pm- Sammy Hall of Fame Jazz Legend: Ronnie Leigh

    SingTrece   Ronnie Leigh

    SingTrece                                                                  Ronnie Leigh

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Willard Memorial Chapel


WOMBA- African Drum and Dance Group


The Womba Africa WOMBA Drum and Dance GroupDrumming and Dance Group are making their way to the Historic Willard Memorial Chapel for the first time!  Originally from the town of Nungua, Africa, the Womba Africa Drumming and Dance group shares the culture of Ghana through dance and music. Performances are culturally unique in so many ways from their costumes, instruments, rhythms, dance, and songs all originating from West Africa.  

Womba Africa is a cultural drum and dance group formed in the town of Nungua. The members are part of the Ga Adangbe People in greater Accra, Ghana, a tribe with a very rich history and culture quite distinct from other major ethnic groups. The Womba Africa band typically performs with the Ga language because almost all members are from Nungua, a Ga speaking community.

This event is $10 per person. The Chapel is handicap accessible through its north entrance off Seymour Street. Tickets are available at Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY during our regular hours Wednesday-Friday 10 AM – 4 PM or call 315-252-0339.

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