Celebrating Juneteenth in Tulsa: What you need to know

Preperations start for Tulsa's Juneteenth Festival

TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

Tulsa is geared up for the 2019 celebration of Juneteenth in the Greenwood District.

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The Tulsa Juneteenth Festival is being held Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16 on historic Greenwood Avenue across from OSU-Tulsa.

Tulsa Juneteenth, Inc. is hosting the event commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

"On June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger, rode into Galveston, Texas with news the war had ended and the slaves in Texas were now free." - Tulsa Juneteenth, Inc.

The events kick off Thursday with two events:

  • Tulsa Juneteenth Royal Hotel Block Party: N. Greenwood Ave. from 6 to 11 p.m.
  • Movie in the Park: Guthrie Green from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Friday's festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with local artist performances headlined by Sheila E.

Saturday's events include a Kids Zone from 4 to 7 p.m. and a concert at 6:30 p.m. featuring local artists and headlined by Morris Day and the Time.

The performances are both expected to feature tributes to late music legend Prince.

Sunday's finale will be closed out with Church in the Park at 10 p.m. Shoppers will be able to browse vendor booths selling artwork, apparel, jewelry, and local food.

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