Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom.

Join us for Juneteenth—the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Co-produced with Boston’s Transformative Culture Project, the night includes thoughtful discussion, powerful art, and engaging music featuring local artists.

Special Events


6:30–7 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard

6:30 pm—“Freedom’s Song” led by Valerie Stephens
6:35 pm—Welcome remarks from Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director; Malia Lazu, strategic director, Transformative Culture Project; and Lisa Simmons, executive director, Roxbury International Film Festival
6:40 pm—Commemorative Juneteenth remarks by Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
6:50 pm—Performance by the Front Porch Arts Collective

ASL Interpreted

The City Talks: Intersectionality

7–8 pm, Gallery 168

How can intersectionality lead to liberation? Bring your voice to this discussion with Boston-area thinkers, entrepreneurs, activists, and artists tackling this question.

Moderator: Trina Jackson, activist and facilitator
Cagen Luse, artist and entrepreneur
Joelle Fontaine, CEO, designer and founder, I Am Kréyol
JD Stokely, HowlRound Fellow, and co-producer Unbound Bodies

Anti-Slavery Manuscripts Project

5–10 pm, Riley Seminar Room, 156

The Boston Public Library needs your help to turn their collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications.

Space is limited; first come, first served.

Drawing in the Galleries

6–9 pm, Gallery 262

Join Elizabeth Taylor and Jerry Joseph to learn drawing tips and techniques while sketching a live model.


7:15–7:45 pm | OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
8–8:15 pm | Boston Latin School Step Squad
Shapiro Family Courtyard

Sunset Cinema

Pre-Show Music and Art Making

7–8:30 pm, Huntington Avenue lawn

Live music with DJ TROY Frost, lawn games, and art making with mixed-media artist Chanel Thervil.

Film: Black Panther

8:30 pm, Huntington Avenue lawn

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler (USA, 2018, 135 min.). Presented in partnership with and in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Roxbury International Film Festival, the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color, giving voice to diverse cultures both local and worldwide.

Beer, wine, and snacks available for purchase. Seating is limited; arrive early to guarantee your spot.

Restorative Arts and Music

Demonstrations and Performances

7–10 pm, Calderwood Courtyard

Drop in for demonstrations, meet Arira Adeeke from Seed of Osun, and listen to the sounds of Boston artist Anjimile under the lights of the Calderwood Courtyard.

Yoga with Michelle Mendes from Sebu Kha Yoga

7:15–8 and 8:30–9:15 pm, Calderwood Courtyard

Rain Location: Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Rooms 159 and 160.

Tours and Talks

Spotlight Talks

5:30 and 6 pm, Gallery 171

Enjoy 15-minute discussions in the African galleries with Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch, Teel Curator of African and Oceanic Art; and L’Merchie Frazier, fiber artist, holographer, poet, and Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History.

ASL Interpreted
5:30 pm

Highlight Tours: African American Artists

5:30–8:30 pm, Meet at Sharf Visitor Center
Tours leave every 30 minutes

Explore the galleries on a 30-minute guided tour highlighting African American artists whose work is on view in the Museum.

The 7 pm tour will no longer include ASL interpretation. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Assistive Listening System

Artist Installation and Talk

5–10 pm | Artwork on view
5:30 pm | Artist Talk
Shapiro Family Courtyard

View the work of local artist and educator Chanel Thervil. At 5:30 pm, Chanel speaks about her techniques, her representations of blackness, and the relationship between figure and abstraction in her work.

Open Mic

8:30–10 pm, Gallery 168

Join local poets and storytellers at the mic, hosted by Amanda Shea.


Juneteenth is supported by the John E. & Sue M. Jackson Charitable Trust.