Based in Lowell, MA since 2019, the mission of the Free Soil Arts Collective is to amplify the voices and stories of artists of color.
Our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19th from 11AM-5PM is a day-long festival highlighting Lowell’s Black history and Black artistry. This event will take place on Market Street in downtown Lowell, MA and feature a mainstage highlighting Black musicians and performers, poetry readings at Brew’d Awakening Coffehaus and Lala Books, walking Black History tours in partnership with Lowell Walks and the Lowell National Historical Park, food, and Black artisan vendors.
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Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation, freeing those enslaved. However, it wasn’t until over two years later on June 19, 1865, that slaves in Texas were notified by the Union Civil War soldiers of the abolition of slavery. Learn more