Jubilee Collective, National Lighthouse Museum, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden partner with over a dozen community organizations to host the second annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival on June 18-19

June 15, 2022 | Staten Island, NY – The Jubilee Collective in Staten Island will be partnering with the National Lighthouse Museum, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, and over a dozen community organizations to present the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival on June 18 and 19, 2022.  Families can celebrate history, culture, health, and wellness with live performances, crafts, a food and artisan market, and more at this free two-day event.  Guests can learn more and register here: www.thejubileecollectivesi.com

“As co-chair of the Jubilee Collective for Programming & Sponsorship Committee, it’s been an honor to plan and fundraise to produce our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival Event with our collaborative partners,” said Dana Walker- Boyd, 1st Vice Chair, Minority Women in Business Association of Staten Island. “Our sponsors’ generosity for the Jubilee Collective supports the showcase of an historic weekend full of robust culture, performance art, music, and Motherland Fashion Show. We’re celebrating family and fathers, while remembering the challenging history our ancestors endured to be free from slavery back in 1865. We honor their legacy and sacrifice.”

“Juneteenth is a day to reflect, learn, celebrate and grow as a community by ensuring we continue to do our part to eradicate racial inequalities that unfortunately still exist in our neighborhoods of color,” said Yolanda R. Scott, President of Staten Island Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“As the Co-chair of the programming committee for the Jubilee Collective, I am super excited to be a part of the Juneteenth Freedom Players Parade and to continue to ‘edu-tain’ the community through a historical reenactment of June 19, 1865, and to include youth in this year’s presentation. We anticipate a momentous occasion that celebrates liberation, culture and joy,” said Dorcas Meyers of the Jubilee Collective.

Saturday June 18- Juneteenth Freedom Festival Day 1

10 AM: Juneteenth Freedom Parade 

The parade line up will begin at 85 Snug Harbor Road (West Gate of Snug Harbor) Staten Island, NY 10301 at 8:30 AM, step off at 10:00 AM, and end at 10 Richmond Terrace near Borough Hall at 12:00 PM.

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM: National Lighthouse Museum, 200 Lighthouse Point and Promenade

Enjoy an array of musical performances, local bands, praise dance ministry, poets, DJ, vendors and more. The Juneteenth Freedom Players will present a historical reenactment about the history of Juneteenth and readings of General Order No.3 and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Sunday, June 19 – Juneteenth Freedom Festival Day 2

12:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Enjoy dance performances, local bands, DJ, vendors, and health and wellness activities. Performance highlights include: Gospel band Greginald Spencer & Friends, Grammy winner and social justice artist Fyutch, Valerie Adams & the Dimensions Band, DJ Tyson, a drum circle by Universal Temple of the Arts, candle lighting and libation, African dance ceremony, Ammanubia Lawrence, WeJustWorking, B.A.R. Productions, Liturgical Dance, TellyMovez LLC, SIAC, and the Delta Sigma Theta Step Team. Father’s Day celebrations will be held at the RCSF Tuscan Garden, along with local business vendors and free health and wellness resources and screenings.

Event Partners:

Fam First Foundation Inc.

Friends Who Think Pink Breast Cancer Organization, Inc.

Jason R. Price

Kawanzaa Lady

Michelle Swiney Hair & Marketing Services

National Council of Negro Women Staten Island Section

Minority Women Business Association Staten Island

National Association for the Advancement of Color People, Staten Island Chapter

Phenomenal Women Association

Roc-A-Natural

Staten Island Black Heritage

The Harriet Tubman Purple Hats Society

Staten Island Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Richmond County Black and Minority Chamber of Commerce

Universal Temple of the Arts

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden]

National Lighthouse Museum

Funding for the Snug Harbor activities was received through Community Health Action of Staten Island, Sun River Health, and Con Edison’s Arts Al Fresco initiative.  “Con Edison is pleased to support Snug Harbor’s Juneteenth celebration again this year as part of the 2022 Arts Al Fresco program,” said Frances A. Resheske, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Con Edison. “This summer, the Arts Al Fresco series will again feature hundreds of local artists and entertainers performing in communities across the region to make the arts more accessible to all New Yorkers.”

History of Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, that went into effect on January 1, 1863, as the nation neared completion of its second year of a bloody Civil War. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

On June 19, 1865, enslaved Africans in Galveston, Texas, were the last to know they were Emancipated.  This Freedom Day, June 19, 1865, became known as Jubilee Day, hence, “Juneteenth” which has been an annual day of remembrance amongst African  Americans. In 2021, Congress made Juneteenth a National Holiday thus solidifying the importance of this freedom for enslaved Africans and people of African descent in the United States.

Throughout the years, Staten Islanders recognized and celebrated the Emancipation of enslaved Africans throughout communities on the North Shore. Juneteenth has special significance for Staten Island, which is the home of Rossville’s Sandy Ground Community, the oldest continuously inhabited free Black settlement in the United States.  Juneteenth programming is for the entire Staten Island community, as Juneteenth is part of American history. All committed organizations share a common ground, a common pain, and a clearly defined purpose to uplift Black and brown communities on Staten Island and beyond through a variety of means which are critical to shifting the racial and inequitable dynamics on Staten Island.

About the Jubilee Collective

The Jubilee Collective is a group of African American community-based organizations that purposefully formed to create programming for our annual Juneteenth Celebrations here on Staten Island. These organizations led by leaders of color on Staten Island came together to build a cultural environment that will be sustainable organizationally beyond the weekend.

About the National Lighthouse Museum

The National Lighthouse Museum’s Board of Trustees, Advisors and FRIENDS are dedicated to the full development of the National Lighthouse Museum on the site of the US Light House Service General Depot on Staten Island from 1864 to 1939. Partnering with government agencies, non-profits, corporations, foundations, and other organizations, we will work to promote and support historical, educational, cultural, recreational, and other related activities at the site, while maintaining the navigational significance and maritime heritage of lighthouses throughout the world.

About Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where art, history and nature converge. We offer dynamic programming in the arts, horticulture and agriculture for diverse communities and all ages, on our historic 83-acre campus. We envision being a locally impactful, globally renowned destination, true to our values of artistic vibrancy and community, inclusion and discovery, stewardship and conservation. Snug Harbor is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th-century charitable rest home for sailors into a regional arts center, botanical gardens and public park.  One of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America, Snug Harbor encompasses 26 historic structures, 14 botanical gardens, a 2.5-acre urban farm, wetlands, forests and park land on a free, open campus.  Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate organization. Learn more at snug-harbor.org.