Atlanta History Center is thrilled to bring back our in-person Juneteenth celebration after two years of virtual events due to the pandemic. This year’s dynamic program will feature a series of curated experiences leading visitors across campus to explore the history of Juneteenth itself and Black innovation, life, and excellence since emancipation in Atlanta. We’ll be highlighting Black history and future in Atlanta, including politics and business in the decades since the Civil War, foodways, music, art, and more!
All of this learning will culminate in celebration, with a party on Swan Lawn complete with music, games, food, and drinks starting at noon.
Through this program, we hope to encourage intergenerational dialogue and conversations across differences to better understand our Atlanta community so we can decide the future together. Juneteenth 2022: Jubilee on the Lawn is part of Atlanta History Center’s celebration of the Civic Season, a nationwide initiative encouraging historically-informed civic participation through a two-week activation between Juneteenth and July 4th.
Registration is recommended but not required. This program is free and appropriate for all ages. Bring the family and celebrate Juneteenth (and Father’s Day) with us!
Mama Koku Storytellin’
10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm
Be enchanted by master storyteller and children’s author Mama Koku as she shares stories related to Juneteenth. Great for kids!
9:30am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30, 2:30, 3:00pm
Meet the barrier-breaking Alonzo Herndon. Although born enslaved, Herndon went on to become one of the most prominent businessmen in Atlanta in the early 1900s.
The Order of Freedom: Galveston, June 19, 1865
10:30am, Noon, 1:30pm, 3pm
Join us at Smith Farm Enslaved People’s Cabin for a special 25-minute museum theatre moving performance as we explore the origin of Juneteenth. Then stay behind for a talk-back discussion about Juneteenth with our Historic House Interpreter. Space might be limited.
Juneteenth Introduction Film
Learn about the history of Juneteenth and what the holiday means to Black Atlantans today.
Learn about the difficulties and obstacles people experienced when trying to vote and the laws that were enacted and granted more freedom through a voting simulation activity.
Enslaved People’s Cabin Interpretation
Experience interpretation of a dark past through the Smith Farm’s Enslaved People’s Cabin. With the help of a digital soundscape, you will hear a narrated story about the enslaved people in the Georgia Piedmont.
Music & Performances
Party to the hottest hits from local DJ, DJ Champion from 12–3:30pm.
Enjoy powerful spoken word by Georgia’s Poetry Out Loud 2022 state champion, Amaya McGee, at 3:30pm.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program for high school students across the country that encourages the study of great poetry through a dynamic recitation competition. Amaya is a rising junior at DeKalb School of the Arts.
Join us for a Second Line to close out the event at 5pm with the Southern Komfort Brass Band.
Facepainting by India will entertain you with unique creations! Be sure to also grab a photo in the 360-degree photobooth.
Hula hoops, bocce ball, corn hole, oh my!
Oral History Table
Stop by to learn about how to discover your family history, including resources from Atlanta History Center and African American genealogy expert Emma Davis Hamilton.
Kenan Research Center Collections Table
Did you know that Atlanta History Center has millions of artifacts, manuscripts, maps, and photographs in its collections? Learn about how we collect and how you can make a donation of artifacts that can be shared with all of Atlanta.
AHC Membership Table
Love our campus? Consider becoming a member! Members can stop by for a complimentary water bottle.
Beat the heat and grab your favorite libation. Selling non-alcoholic options including soft drinks, sparkling water, and juice, and alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and a signature rum punch.
Love At First Bite ATL Food Truck
Clark Atlanta University graduate Chef Cam serves up po’ boys, phillys, and tacos.
C-Bo’s BBQ & Southern Cuisine
Give Dad a break from the grill, and visit C-Bo’s smoker instead! Fill up on Southern BBQ favorites like pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chicken wings, and smoked salmon paired with mac n’ cheese, collard greens, and classic Soul sides.
2 Cones ATL
Chill out at this retro ice cream truck serving all your favorite childhood treats!
Coco D’s Mobile Italian Water Ice
Cool off with a light, refreshing Italian Ice
A private room for nursing parents, located near the sensory-friendly space and additional restrooms.
Sensory Friendly Room
A quiet place with kids’ books and toys, along with restroom access.
Cool Down Space
Take a break from the heat and enjoy pre-recorded programs about Juneteenth and related subjects from leading scholars.
Water stations & first aid