Annual Juneteenth Celebration

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  • location_on Annual Juneteenth Celebration
    Old School Square Fieldhouse Building
    51 N. Swinton Ave.
    Delray Beach FL 33444
  • access_time Jun 19, 2017 05:00pm -
    Jun 19, 2017 09:00pm
  • attach_money $10
  • info_outline Paid Entry Only
  • contact_phone 561.279.8883
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Join the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum for their Annual Juneteenth Celebration!

Festival-goers will enjoy live music, artistic expressions and demonstrations, belly dancing, drumming, story-telling, speakers and food inside the comfort of the Fieldhouse.  New this year, the musical entertainment will be headlined by Lafayette Gilchrist with Drew Tucker.

Lafayette Gilchrist is a modern jazz pianist who got his start playing in saxophonist David Murray’s band.  His music, derived from his experiences and influences, is a danceable blend of free-form jazz and funk, hip-hop and rock. Gilchrist has music scores on David Simon’s “The Wire” and “Treme.”  He has performed in Europe, South America and Mexico with Murray and with featured artists such as jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson and singer Macy Gray.  Drew Tucker is a musician, educator and social entrepreneur—a unique combination of talents that place him at the intersection of the arts and activism. Artistically, he’s at the forefront of the movement to reinvent the vibraphone, a dynamic instrument that he melds with soul, funk, jazz and hip-hop influences.  His jazz influenced twists on modern-day standards, from Michael Jackson to Prince and The Police, have earned him key endorsements from Mike Balter, Malletech and Sabian Cymbals, and the applause of sold out audiences nationwide.

Local historian and educator Margaret Newton will tell the civil war and emancipation story, accompanied by the Pasco Baker Choir.  Barbeque by Ceasar’s Famous Ribs, Interactive Art by Sharon Koskoff & Juneteenth Storytelling.

Sponsored by the State of Florida Cultural Division, Tourist Development Council, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the Seventh Annual Juneteenth Festival will be another festive collaboration among the cultural organizations of Delray Beach, which are working together to create events for all residents of and visitors to the city.


 Don't miss the informative Juneteenth Presentation. This family-friendly event wil run from 3:00pm – 8:00pm at the field House on Old school Square downtown Delray Beach.  Indulge in some delicious BBQ by Ceasar's Famous Ribs and bring the whole family.  Free parking is available.

Admission is $30; youth 17 and younger are free. Tickets are available at or by calling the Box Office at 561-243-7922, ext. 1.

What is Juneteenth?

Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the U.S. were still not free. The Civil War ended in 1865. Admidst the celebration of the end of the war, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th, 1865. Saddened by the death of the President, the Union troops knew they had to ensure the release of enslaved people in the South. On May 20, 1965, Union General Edward McCook took his troops to Tallahassee, FL. One month later, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX to enforce the proclamation.

Juneteenth originated as a celebration of the ending of slavery in Texas. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and 1,800 troops of the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved persons were free. That evening, thousands of people in Galveston celebrated their freedom with dancing, singing, and feasting. In the years that followed, other Southern cities also began to organize Juneteenth festivities.