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Dear BGC Friends,

Today we are bringing you the annual Juneteenth Edition of 86th Street Stories! Two years after the end of the Civil War and the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the “last” slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation and were set free on June 19th or “Juneteenth.”   Take a look at BGC’s running Collaborative Resource List, and at those resources listed below, for ways to learn more about the holiday.


Nadia & Maggie



New York Times: “So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?” (Updated for 2021)

New York Times: “How We Juneteenth”

National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth”

Juneteenth: What It Is And How It’s Observed


“What it Feels Like” Black artist showcase
June 19July 4

Brooklyn Space Modern Furniture is hosting a pop-up art gallery showcasing emerging New York City-based Black artists called “What it Feels Like.” It will be an immersive experience highlighting the joys and sorrows of what it feels like to be an artist, to be unseen, to feel unheard, or to be an artist of color in the art world today. It’s not mean to give answers but to ask questions.

NYC Events:
Juneteenth NY Festival
June 18June 20

Enjoy the three-day summit online or in person to celebrate Juneteenth through empowerment, health and wellness, education, and entertainment. 

Celebrating Juneteenth: MCNY presents FREEDOM SONGS featuring Kenyatta Emmanuel and Shanelle Gabriel
June 18 at 4 pm

Join the Museum of the City of New York for FREEDOM SONGS featuring Kenyatta Emmanuel and Shanelle Gabriel, an afternoon of song and spoken word reflections celebrating freedom and commemorating the ending of American slavery. This seated, outdoor event will take place on the Museum’s front terrace.

Brooklyn Museum’s Honoring Juneteenth
June 19 at 11 am and 6–8 pm
Free and outdoors

Come together on the Museum steps to hear music and remarks by local community leaders before Good Company Bike Club kicks off their Freedom Ride, a daylong tour of historic Brooklyn locations and landmarks relevant to the Black community, including stops at Black-owned restaurants to rest and replenish. In the evening, enjoy live music, food provided by Black Chef Movement, and mindfulness at sunset with Meditating for Black Lives, a group that uses the principles and practices of various meditation traditions to support community efforts to heal oppression. 

Troy Anthony’s “The Revival”
June 19 at 8 pm

Head over to the Shed for a service honoring Juneteenth and the legacy of Black ancestors who liberated themselves called “The Revival,” by Troy Anthony, a New York City-based artist, director, and composer. He will lead an in-person audience at the Shed through a three-part service that features a community choir of about 50 people and a band performing his original music. This event is free to attend and will also be live-streamed.

Virtual Events:

Living History @ Home: Celebrate Juneteenth!
June 17 and 19, 1–2 pm

Want to be creative and learn about history? Join the New-York Historical Society’s living history coordinator Cheyney McKnight for a virtual series that explores the history and traditions of Juneteenth celebrations. Log in for any one of the programs or all three!