South Pearl Street celebrates Juneteenth this Saturday, June 22nd, with a street festival, performers, activities, and more. Here’s what to expect and some background on this momentous holiday.
Juneteenth on Pearl Street This Saturday
Juneteenth brings together the community, cultural organizations, and entrepreneurs to commemorate the abolition of slavery in the US and to recognize the vibrancy of South Pearl Street. The event is free and open to the public, with activities taking place between 135 and 165 South Pearl Street and on Herkimer Street between South Pearl Street and Franklin Street.
Performers include: Jahquai “Quadi” Oliver, Rodney “Rod” Davis, H.I.P. H.O.P. Dance Group, and Darien “Poetic Visionz” Gooden. There will also be open houses at the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, a bounce house at the Albany Coliseum’s parking lot, vendors lining the streets, and more. While exploring the event, make sure to check out the many diverse businesses on South Pearl Street!
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the US. The holiday dates back to June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston Texas with the news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free; this is the 15th year Albany puts on a Juneteenth celebration. The US celebrates Juneteenth each year on or around June 19th.