Maplewood and South Orange Celebrate Juneteenth 2021. Starting with a Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday June 14th and culminating on Saturday June 19 with a day full of activities and a special evening Celebration on Floods Hill.
*Partial list subject to change. Check back for updates*
A Celebration of Black Poetry, Music, And Art
June 13 12:00 - 2:30pm Yale Corner- 1866 Springfield AVe., Maplewood
Poetry Reading with the Maplewood Block Lives Matter Poetry Project
Music by Greg Bufford Trio and others
Art Kits by Express Yourself Studio
Craft Vending by Black-Owned Businesses
Sponsored by Springfield Ave. Partnership, Maplewood Arts Council, Le Petite Academy, HLS Juice Bar & Grill and Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture
Juneteenth Flag Ceremony
June 14th, 4:00pm
Flagpole, South Orange Ave at Irvington Ave.
Join South Orange Village, Maplewood Village and the NAACP of the Oranges & Maplewood as we commemorate Juneteenth with a special flag ceremony at the South Orange Flagpole on South Orange Avenue and Irvington Avenue at 4pm on Monday, June 14th. This begins a week of special events and activities commemorating and celebrating Juneteenth.
Sponsors: NAACP Oranges & Maplewood, South Orange Village, Maplewood Township
SOPL Presents Juneteenth 2021 Programs
Turning Pages: A Virtual Book Talk on Zoom
When: Monday, June 14, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us on Zoom for a virtual book talk commemorating Juneteenth.
Juneteenth in Stories: For All Ages
When: Tuesday, June 15 at 3 pm
Outside in Library Garden
Envisioning Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration
When: Thursday, June 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for this special talk about Juneteenth by assistant professor Mia White at The New School in NYC. This program will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and on Zoom.
After Juneteenth many of the ex-enslaved left their enslavers with new hope in their hearts only to be faced with more hardship. Now, nearly 160 years later, we explore the present day hopes and struggles of Black Americans through the eyes of Maplewood artist Marc A. Gaston. This interactive exhibit will allow you to share your insights on his provocative artwork that lends itself so easily to social discourse. You will also hear the artist's vision as he created the work of art in question.
Sponsored by SOMA Action Racial Justice Committee
“Coloring Juneteenth: A Collaborative Storytime”
June 19, 2021
Starting at 10am - by reservation
10:00am, 11:15am or 12:30pm. Each group limited to 10 families.
Jefferson Elementary School Yard -518 Ridgewood Rd, Maplewood NJ 07040
Juneteenth is a holiday that should be both fun and educational, especially for today’s youth. For “Coloring Juneteenth: Collaborative Storytime,” we have written an original, historically accurate, and future-minded children’s story book about Juneteenth with outlines of illustrations create by local BIPOC youth artists. There will be three versions of these books that kids will be able to color collaboratively while learning about the history of Juneteenth.
Sponsored by MAPSO Youth Coalition, The Miller Foundation Oyster Fest and Maplewood Department of Community Services.
Juneteenth Pop-up Shop at the Y
Friday, June 18 - 6 to 9 pm
A pop- up shop featuring small black-owned business, including Y employees!
On June 19th, visit the Durand-Hedden House, Maplewood’s historic house museum, and its surrounding park to learn more about Juneteenth and see historical reenactors, performers, and storytellers, as well as an exhibit on the History of Slavery in New Jersey. Free, timed reservations are required due to pandemic social distancing restrictions. Co-sponsored by the SOMA Community Coalition on Race.
Sponsored by Durand Hedden House & Garden, Community Coalition on Race, Maplewood Division of Arts & Culture.
Saturday, June 19th | 6 to 9:30 pm
Celebrate Freedom Day on Flood's Hill with FREE live performances and music. Bring your own picnic or purchase BBQ and beer from the Gaslight Beer Garden.