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Juneteenth in Da Rock

“Juneteenth is more than just a celebration with music and food, it’s the very foundation of the story and history of our people in America. Juneteenth is a time to pay homage to our ancestors, recognize the past and share programming and education opportunities about the experiences of Black Americans.” Quantia “Key” Fletcher, director of the museum.


Juneteenth is the most widely known celebration of emancipation in the United States. The significance of Juneteenth centers on June 19, 1865, the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that all enslaved people were free. This announcement came two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. In 2021, Juneteenth was made a federal holiday.

2023 Events
Juneteenth 5K Walk/Run

In conjunction with our day of Juneteenth festivities, and in partnership with the Little Rock Marathon, the museum will host a Juneteenth 5K walk/run. The 5K Walk/Run will be an opportunity to bring the community together to support Juneteenth in Da Rock, while also promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

2023 Registration now open!
Juneteenth Vendors
Event Overview

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has been a leader in Arkansas Juneteenth festivities since 2009. Now, with Juneteenth recognized as a federal holiday, MTCC continues to serve as the home of central Arkansas’ largest Juneteenth event. Juneteenth is a chance for the city to engage in cultural and educational opportunities that will help future generations understand the importance of this date to the African American community.

Statewide Juneteenth Events

If you can't join us in Little Rock, events are happening all over Arkansas!

Coming Soon!
Free Booth Space
2023 Vendor registration now open!

Thanks to a generous sponsorship from U.S. BANK, booth spaces for 2023 are FREE! Complete the registration, and the application will be sent at a later date. The $20 non-refundable processing fee will be due after you read and accept the vendor guidelines. Application deadline is April 17, 2023.

Register Now!
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Jubilee Film Festival
Juneteenth Jubilee Film Festival

Click the link below to submit your entry! There you will find pricing for entries and rules and requirements.

Submit your entry today!
Aretha's Beverages: Official Drink of Juneteenth in Da Rock!

MTCC is partnering with Aretha’s Beverages to support this piece of Arkansas history. Aretha's Strawberry Lemonade with Basil will be made available at all Juneteenth in Da Rock signature events. Red in food and drinks for Juneteenth have long been the symbol of resiliency and strength which is one of the reasons why the strawberry flavor was chosen. We are asking businesses, restaurants, groceries and others to support and help us continue history. Click the link below to pre-order your case ready to go for your Juneteenth events. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the MTCC. If you want to support Juneteenth and Arkansas African American history, this is great way to do it!

For more information:

Brian Rodgers

Adult Education Interpretive Specialist