Juneteenth marks the American holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of the remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy.

2021 Juneteenth Jubilee Celebrations

Waterfront Park is excited to be a part of or host to numerous Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration events in 2021.

For additional information on Juneteenth Jubilee Celebrations throughout the city, visit juneteenthlou.com

Juneteenth Camp
LVA & Waterfront Park
June 14-18
These weeklong day camps will be held outdoors with plenty of room for social distancing. Campers will meet each morning for visual art instruction, and activities on the covered outdoor patio of the David K. Karem Building which overlooks the Ohio River. In the afternoon, campers will explore Waterfront Park sites for fun camp activities and plenty of exercise. Campers ages 7-12.

At this time, the session is limited to 10 students.

Registration is $260 per camper and Waterfront Park members will receive a $25 discount.

For a detailed description and to register, visit: https://www.louisvillevisualart.org/camps-workshops

Questions? Please contact Annette Cable annette@louisvillevisualart.org or ashley@ourwaterfront.org

Juneteenth: Past, Present, Future. Community Walk & (UN)Known Project Site Dedication
June 19

Doors open at 11:30am
NoonPoetry & Performances at Roots 101 followed by A Journey In Our Footprints Walk:
Roots 101 African American Museum -124 N 1st St. A Journey in Our Footprints Walk to (Un)Known Project site will begin around 12:45pm [0.8 mile walk with stops along the way]

1:30(Un)Known Project Site Dedication and Libation Ceremony:
Between 9th and 10th on the Louisville Waterfront. [Free Parking at end of 10th St adjacent to site]

This bench is composed of a limestone seat, a black granite back, and a chain with broken links. The back is sandblasted with a drawn head that becomes a stand-in portrait for the escaped enslaved person, as well as text describing the UnKnown project. Rugged edges reference the arduous nature of the escape. The seat is limestone, 18” high, with a rounded front edge for comfort and texture to complement the rough edges of the granite. The bench is 60” wide, 16” deep and approximately 36” high. The chain will be a large galvanized (standard finish) linked chain whose links are welded together and welded to the frame. The chain and all other steel structural elements will be powder-coated with a rust color for a long, low maintenance life.

10:30am-5pmCOVID-19 Vaccine Micro-Site – No appointment needed!
Location: Louisville Waterfront and 4th St. – Vaccines are FREE and NO health insurance is required.

For more information, visit: Unknownprojectky.com

Celebrate Juneteenth with Black Complex 
June 19
Celebrate Juneteenth with Black Complex 3-9pm, June 19th at the Waterfront by Aaron Jordan.

More information at blackcomplexlouisville.com

Norton Healthcare Wellness Fair
June 19

Location: Big Four Lawn – Under the Disc of the Big Four Bridge
Health Fair – Sponsored by Norton Healthcare.
COVID-19 vaccinations and testing, mammograms, diabetes testing and information about prostate, sickle cell and HIV.

Job fair and B96 will be LIVE at the Waterfront!

For more information visit: juneteenthlou.com

2020 Virtual Juneteenth Jubilee

2020’s second annual celebration went virtual due to COVID-19. You are invited to join us as we celebrate this profoundly historic date through music, drama, and art.

A new episode of the seven part series was broadcast each Friday beginning June 19th through August 7th on Wave Country with Dawne Gee on WAVE 3 and all episodes are available to view below.

Episode Release Dates
June 19, 2020 – Episode 1
June 26, 2020 – Episode 2
July 10, 2020 – Episode 3
July 17, 2020 – Episode 4
July 24, 2020 – Episode 5
July 31, 2020 – Episode 6
August 7, 2020 – Episode 7

Produced in partnership with Actors Theatre and 1200
Directed by Jecorey 1200 Arthur

Featuring musical performances by: AMPED, 1200, Chanson Calhoun, Chase Dean, Dave Clark Trio, Hannah Drake, Jamesse, Jason Clayborn and the Atmosphere Changers, Jason Clayborn, JD Green, Maestro J, Pat Mathison, Sheryl Rouse, The La’Nita Rocknettes School of Dance, and The Untouchables.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support in making the series a reality:

Louisville Metro Council. Thanks to the following metro council members for their contributions:

Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, District 4
Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, District 3
Councilman David Yates, District 25
Councilwoman Jessica Green, District 1
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2
Councilman David James, District 6
Councilman Bill Hollander, District 9
Councilman Pat Mulvihill, District 10
Councilman Kevin Triplett, District 15
Councilman Stuart Benson, District 20
Councilwoman Madonna Flood, District 24
Councilman Rick Blackwell, District 12
Councilman Mark Fox, District 13
Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, District 14
Councilman Anthony Piagentini, District 19
Councilwoman Nicole George, District 21
Councilman James Peden, District 23
Councilman Brent Ackerson, District 26
Councilman Markus Winkler, District 17
Councilman Robin Engel, District 22
Councilman Brandon Coan, District 8