Jacksonville Emancipation Celebration at James Weldon Johnson Park

  • When: Saturday, May 20, 2023,  4:00 pm -  9:00 pm
  • Location: James Weldon Johnson Park: 135 W. Monroe St. Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Cost: Free

Save the date! Jacksonville’s Emancipation Celebration – presented by Councilwoman Jucoby Pittman, Friends of James Weldon Johnson Park, and the City of Jax – returns on Saturday, May 20, 2023! The festival will begin at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. in James Weldon Johnson Park.

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee, Fla. on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War, and two years after the Proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln to free those enslaved in Southern states. On May 10, Union General Edward M. McCook arrived in Tallahassee to receive the surrender of Florida’s Confederate troops. On May 20, McCook formally announced President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery in the state. While many people celebrate Juneteenth, Florida celebrates May 20 as its Emancipation Day.

Additional performances and a complete line-up will be announced soon.


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