City of Racine: announces a series of events for the week of June 16


Town of Racine – Today, Racine Town officially announced a week-long celebration of June 19, with events starting on Saturday, June 11e and ending on Saturday June 18e. The June 19 Planning Committee has worked diligently over the past year to create amazing events, provide resources, and create educational experiences for the community to celebrate this now nationally recognized holiday.

“The past two years have been difficult for the community in many ways. The City and our Committee are committed to making June 19 something special. I would like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, committee members and sponsors who have supported our vision for this year’s celebration,” said Lesia Hill, chair of the city’s June 19 planning committee and director of the Dr. John Bryant Community Center.

“I am delighted to continue our tradition of celebrating June 19 in the town of Racine. It is important that we remember the history of our nation. June 19e, 1865 – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation – slaves in Galveston, Texas were told of their freedom and the end of the Civil War. This year will celebrate the end of slavery with an incredible week-long series of events. I would like to thank Lesia, the committee and everyone involved in organizing this year’s celebration,” said Racine Town Mayor Cory Mason.

“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Racine for the second year in a row to celebrate June 19 and honor those who paved the way to freedom – many of whom lost their lives,” said Kevin Thomas, Head of Community and Business Development for the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase (major sponsor of the event). “We know the importance of recognizing the historical impacts of racism and slavery, as well as the importance of celebrating how far we have come in history, and we are proud to support the efforts of the Town of Racine to build a community through this event.

June 19 events begin Saturday, June 11e and will end on Saturday June 18e. Event details can be found on the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services website at: or by calling Lesia Hill at 262-636 -9235.

Events include, but are not limited to:

  • Saturday June 11e
    • PWNS Miss Juneteenth Pageant
  • Sunday June 12e
    • June 19 Flag Raising Ceremony
    • Underground Railroad Heritage Trail
  • Monday, June 13e
    • Mahogany Gallery Museum of Black Art
    • black history class
    • Introducing Biblical Black History
  • tuesday june 14e
    • Chase sponsored workshops in partnership with RUSD, HBCU and Divine 9
    • Know your rights Information sessions
  • Wednesday June 15e
    • Racine County Day at the Bryant Center
    • Money Smart and Home Buyers workshops sponsored by Chase
  • Thursday June 16e
    • Understanding Urban League Sponsored Insurance
    • Loan, savings and budget sponsored by Chase
    • Mental Health and Wellness from the Association of Black Nurses
  • friday june 17e
    • A Night To Remember Sneakers Ball at Festival Hall (tickets available at or at the Bryant Center)
  • Saturday June 18e
    • NAACP Freedom March
    • Caron Butler Basketball Camp and Jimmy Ward Football Camp
    • Official annual celebration on June 19 at noon
    • Performance by National Recording Artist Dave Hollister at 6 p.m.

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