Students from Fishers High School’s Future Black Leaders Club, Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Black Student Union and representatives from RECN and Fishers Arts Council will host the 3rd annual Juneteenth Jubilee at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater on Sunday, June 19 from 2 to 6 p.m.
This family-friendly celebration of Black freedom highlights Black-owned businesses and offers community resources, live music, local food, educational resources, and games.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday celebrated annually on June 19 commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black Americans and celebrating African American culture. Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865, announcement proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, which was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery.
To learn more, we asked the organizers about the event and what the holiday means to them.
Shania, Fishers High School Future Black Leaders Club
How would you describe the Fishers Juneteenth Jubilee? I would describe the Fishers Juneteenth Jubilee as an opportunity to bring our community together while acknowledging history.
What does Juneteenth mean to you? To me, Juneteenth means true freedom.
What should residents make sure they do or see at the Juneteenth event? Acknowledge history while engaging with the vendors, viewing the performers, tapping into their inner creativity with the arts and craft table, and bringing their kids to enjoy the bounce houses.
Terryn, Hamilton Southeastern Black Student Union
How would you describe the Fishers Juneteenth Jubilee? The Fishers Juneteenth Jubilee is a fun and vibrant event that emphasizes the importance of celebrating a critical turning point in African American history.
What does Juneteenth mean to you? Juneteenth is a celebration of my ancestors and a day I can celebrate when people who looked like me were finally seen as people, not property.
What is your favorite Fishers black-owned business? SweeTies Gourmet Treats
To learn more about the event, visit FishersArtsCouncil.org/Juneteenth.