Gallery: Juneteenth Freedom Party in Detroit Celebrates the Emancipation of Slaves

June 19, 2019, 2:58 PM by  Michael Lucido

Juneteenth, commemorated each June 19, celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the former Confederate States of America.

In celebration, the City of Detroit’s Department of Civil Rights, Inclusion and Opportunity (CRIO), hosted an event Wednesday at Spirit Plaza in downtown Detroit to mark the day. It event included a traveling exhibit from the Charles Wright Museum of African American History and performances by the Mosaic Youth Scholars Choir. 

Photojournalist Michael Lucido stopped by to capture these images. Information about Juneteenth is here.

A father teaches his family about their history.

Remarks by Rod Liggons of Detroit Land Bank.

Mayor Mike Duggan 

Charity Dean and Ed Foxworth.


Jonathan Jones, outreach coordinator at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History



Mr. Doug telling his story of encouragement.

Performance with African drums.

African dancer Britnee Carter (aka Aisha) and African drummer Sowande Keita



Paige White gets the audience up and moving to the music.

Powerful words from Crystal Nickson


Performance by the Mosaic Youth Scholars


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