1st Annual Celebration of the Free

  What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth combines the words June and nineteenth for it was  on this date, June 19, 1865, that federal troops arrived in        Galveston, Texas and declared that all enslaved persons in the state be freed. This came two years after Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, which did not actually free all of the enslaved persons in the country right away. 

Jubilee Day

The very first celebration of Juneteenth occurred in Texas on June 19 1866. The newly freed African-American people celebrated the anniversary of their freedom through prayer, music, and barbeques. As the freedmen spread over the states, they took the tradition of Jubilee Day (or Juneteenth) with them and passed it down from generation to generation. 

On June 17, 2021, June 19 became a federally recognized holiday.  Watch the presidential address here

Join us in bringing this spirit of perseverance and celebration to our local community for the first time this June.

Schedule of Events

Empowering the Free

Community Job Fair and Resource

Location: Lumberton High School

Friday, June 18
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Celebrating the Free

Juneteenth Celebration

Location: WH Knuckles Elementary School

Saturday, June 19
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Family-friendly.  Live poetry, music, and entertainment. 

Win a cash prize of $100.00! People's Choice!!!

The Lumberton Juneteenth committee is asking you to showcase what Juneteenth means to you. If you can sing, rap, dance, recite, act it out!


Please complete and submit the form below to be a part of the talent show. 



For more information, questions or concerns, please contact Mr. John Dunlap directly at:

(910) 258-6719 or via email: lumbertonjuneteenth@gmail.com or jcd91x@gmail.com.