June 2023

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth (abbreviation for “June Nineteenth”) commemorates the day when U.S. General Gordon Granger and federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, two and one-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, to ensure that all enslaved persons were freed. General Granger read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States.

Many believe Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day, is the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation that made the day a federal holiday.

Join Us For Juneteenth: A Community Celebration

Interested in Volunteering?

Individuals who would like to volunteer at the Juneteenth Festival should click here or complete the application form below
by Friday, June 12, 2023.

Interested in Vending?

Organizations and vendors that would like to participate in the Juneteenth Festival should click here or complete the application form below by Friday, June 12, 2023.

Juneteenth Community Event Schedule

City of Seneca, SC
Best Pound Cake Contest

Tuesday, June 13th
Judging Begins at 4:30 PM

City of Seneca, SC
Juneteenth Evening Concert Featuring Xperience

Saturday, June 17th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

City of Clemson, SC
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues Concert

Sunday, June 18th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Clemson Area African American Museum 
214 Butler Street
Clemson, SC 29631

Co-sponsored by City of Clemson, City of Seneca, Call My Name Coalition, Clemson University Libraries, and Legacy Council
Juneteenth Festival

Monday, June 19th
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM 

Clemson University Campus
Carillon Gardens, North Green, Outdoor Amphitheater, and Cooper Library

Juneteenth Festival Schedule

Please note our new rainy day locations and parking details below!

Face Painting & Balloon Art for

Hendrix Center Breezeway

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Storytelling for Children

Meeting Room B

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Author Readings and Book Sale and Signing

Ballroom A – Hendrix Center

11 – 11:30 a.m.
Sonia Leverette & Brittney Brackett

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
Moody Black

12 – 12:20 p.m.
Carl Sharperson

12:30 – 12:50 p.m.
Glenis Redmond

1 – 1:20: p.m.
Rhondda Thomas

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Marlanda Dekine

2 – 2:20 p.m.:
Len Lawson

2:30 – 2:50 p.m.
Jennifer Bartell Boykin


Spoken Word & Music Performances

McKissick Theater – Hendrix Center

11:00 a.m.
DJ Cook

11:30 a.m.
Seitu Solomon – steelpan that creates a tropical sound fusing Reggae, Calypso, Afrobeat, Jazz and Pop 

12:15 p.m.
DJ Cook

12:30 p.m.
Nick Rich – rap artist 

1:00 p.m.
DJ Cook

1:30 p.m.
Dove Dupree – spoken word, poetry and music 

2:15 p.m.
DJ Cook 

2:30 p.m.
Jasmine Myers – inspirational

2:45 p.m.
DJ Cook 

Non-Profit Organizations and Vendors

Ballroom B – Hendrix Center

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A variety of non-profit organizations sharing information and vendors selling various products will be a part of the Juneteenth Festival.  

Cooper Library
Local Black History Exhibit

Cooper Library 

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This exhibit will celebrate the contributions and history of Black people in the City of Clemson, City of Seneca, and Clemson University. Location: Cooper Library 

Food Trucks

Bryan Circle near Schilletter Dining Hall

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Featured foods will include  barbecue, dessert, and vegan options!

Various Locations

Virtual Tour of Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground

Location: Cooper Library History Room
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Call My Name Campus Walking Tour

Weather permitting  
(no rain or storms)

Learn about sites associated with Black history on the Clemson University campus and that may be featured on the new Black Heritage Trail

Location: Meet on front steps at Old Main (Tillman Hall)
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, email callmynamecu@clemson.edu or call 864-656-8855

Parking Details

Free public parking will be available in Lot R-9 behind Douthit Hills (entrance is at the corner of Newman Road and Walter T. Cox Boulevard/Hwy. 93). A free shuttle bus will run on a loop from the parking lot to the drop off and pick up stop in front of the Hendrix Center from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.