Open today 10 am – 5 pm

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Free Community Day

Penn Museum

Saturday, Jun. 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Free and Open to the Public

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Juneteenth—commemorating the end of slavery in the United States—is a day to celebrate freedom, heritage, and community.

Bring the whole family for a festival filled with joyful performance, live DJ sets, captivating storytelling, and hands-on activities for all ages. Support Black-owned businesses at a community marketplace or grab a bite from locally owned food trucks.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required. Choose your entry time to explore the event and galleries at your own pace. Walk up registration will be available.

Juneteenth Honors Program

2:00–4:00 pm

In collaboration with our community partner, Forum Philly, we proudly present our 2nd annual Juneteenth Honors Program, spotlighting the achievements of Philadelphia K-12 students and educators who have participated in Juneteenth-related programming and projects in their schools.

Keynote Address by Dr. Khalid Mumin, Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Mistress of Ceremony: Loraine Ballard Morrill, Director of News & Community Affairs at Philadelphia iHeartMedia

A Day of Celebration

West Powelton Steppers. Students learning to play the drums. A mosaic of a bulldozer tearing down a neighborhood. Auntie Jo Jo telling a story. Woman selling handcrafted items. People lining up outside a food truck.

Event host Starfire, DJ Aura, West Powelton Steppers and Drum Squad, and line dancing with Kenny J

Drumming with Karen Smith, quilt-making with Carla Wiley, and Adinkra art-making

#ForTheCulture Community conversation and Diaspora DNA Pop-up exhibition, curated by Monica O. Mongomery, and learn about West Philadelphia Community Archaeology project Heritage West

Auntie Jo Jo and Black Boys Makin’ Noise storytelling group

Support Black-owned business and explore a community fair spotlighting local organizations focused on health and wellness

Food trucks like Pot of Essence and Blueish Bakes with sweet and savory fare for purchase and the Museum Café is open from 10 am–3 pm

Schedule of Events*

10:45 am Welcoming Remarks, Artistic Expressions Stoner Courtyard
11:15 am West Powelton Dance and Drum Stoner Courtyard
11:45 am Storytelling: Black Boys Makin’ Noise Rainey Auditorium
12:15 pm Storytelling with Auntie Jo Jo Stoner Courtyard
12:45 pm Quilt Workshop with Carla Wiley (space is limited) Classroom L1
1:00 pm Karen Smith Drummers Workshop Stoner Courtyard
1:00 pm #ForTheCulture Community Conversation with Monica O. Montgomery, Part 1 Classroom L2
2:00 pm Forum Philly Juneteenth Honors Program Harrison Auditorium
2:00 pm Storytelling with Auntie Jo Jo Stoner Courtyard
2:30 pm R&B Line Dancing with Kenny J Stoner Courtyard
3:00 pm #ForTheCulture Community Conversation with Monica O. Montgomery, Part 2 Classroom L2
Hourly Book Giveaway Stoner Courtyard
12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm Daily Dig Various Galleries
ALL DAY Diaspora DNA Pop-Up Exhibition Classroom L2
Sensory-Friendly Space Classroom L3
Food Trucks, Marketplace and Community Fair Stoner Courtyard
Heritage West: A West Philadelphia Community Archeology Project Stoner Courtyard

*Subject to change.


Support for Juneteenth provided by Forum Philly and Penn Arts & Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Additional support for this event provided by Penn Museum Community Advisory Group.