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Reclaiming the Past Juneteenth Celebration

The annual Juneteenth Celebration commemorates the history of the black pioneers of the Gold Rush era in California and the rich contributions that people of African ancestry have made to the country’s most populous state. The purpose of this program is to educate the public through presentations and exhibits about the history of African Americans who lived, worked, and engaged in community building in the American River region. The program includes exhibits, music, poetry, and speakers who emphasize the pivotal role that African Americans played in the state’s antislavery and abolitionist movements. It illuminates the often-overlooked link between the Underground Railroad and the history of African Americans in the Sacramento region. The annual Juneteenth program at Negro Bar State Park is a central activity in preserving this history since the Negro Bar region was the crucible of abolitionist and civil rights activism in nineteenth century California. One of the principal long-term objectives of the program is to develop community support for the establishment of an interpretive center for this history at Negro Bar, where the public can be made aware of the region’s historic role in black Californians’ fight for social justice and equality.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: Joe Louis Moore, 808 Dunbarton Circle, Sacramento, 95825

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Joe Louis Moore

Location Type: Program