BALTIMORE — This year, Baltimore will hold it’s first Juneteenth Celebration honoring the contributions and significance of the city’s right black history. Juneteenth is one of the largest black holidays in the country and the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
The free festivities will take place on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Juneteenth Celebrations, include: Historic Reservoir Hill Garden & Home Tour. The tours are self-guided, but there will also be history tours twice daily on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and once on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for the tours are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Dovecote Cafe, 2501 Madison Avenue in West Baltimore.
Few neighborhoods boast the stunning architecture and rich storied history of Reservoir Hill, Baltimore. This year for the 23rd Annual Garden and Home Tour, Reservoir Hill comes together for an expansive and inclusive community celebration of not just the beautiful homes, but of Juneteenth, celebrating the rich history of the people in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
“It is our pleasure to continue this long standing tradition in Reservoir Hill and to introduce what is sure to be jubilant Juneteenth activities to this years event. Juneteenth weekend is an opportunity for all of us in Baltimore to spend dollars and invest in Black leadership,” said Cole, founder of Brioxy.
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.
Hosted by The Friends of Reservoir Hill and produced by Brioxy, both days will include tours of stunning homes and gardens in the area in addition to a bevy of events happening in and around Dovecote Cafe.
To celebrate this momentous occasion we will have the following activities:
● Live DJ
● Local produce stands and farming demonstrations
● 1K (run & walk) hosted by Brown & Healthy
● Jewish story telling by Beth Am Synagogue
● Lemonade Stands sponsored by Belle Hardware
● “Say It Loud” a black pop culture trivia game competition
● BBQ provided by Dovecote Cafe
The website to purchase tickets is: http://reshilltour.eventbrite.com website: http://bmorejuneteenth.org