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Broadway Square encourages individuals in our community to educate and familiarize themselves with the important history of Juneteenth. This is a federally recognized day that holds different meanings for people - for some, it's a day of celebration; for others, it's a day of complex and mixed emotions. The best way to approach the day is in a mindful, aware and cautious manner, with a willingness to learn and grow. 

While Broadway Square embraces the significance of the day, we choose not to create our own competing programming, but rather to collaborate on and amplify the already-existing community celebrations. 

To this end, on June 19, 2021, Broadway Square collaborated with Fred's Dissonance as he put together a community-wide Juneteenth celebration, which included the assembly and burial of a Juneteenth Time Capsule at the southwest corner of Broadway Square. 

This year, again in partnership with Fred's Dissonance and the Fargo Juneteenth 3rd Annual Celebration, we are placing the Juneteenth Time Capsule Marker at Broadway Square, marking the location it will exist under until June 19, 2063, when it is scheduled to be opened. The time capsule marker is available for people to visit throughout the day, with QR codes linked to Juneteenth resources and community celebrations. We hope these resources help foster new knowledge and experiences for people learning about Juneteenth and allow individuals to engage with Juneteenth in the most comfortable way possible. 

Learn about Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. 

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a long overdue level of maturity and dignity in America.

In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that continues to influence our society today. Juneteenth is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.


Take some time today to learn about the history and significance of Juneteenth. We've curated some great resources for you to peruse. 

Articles & Websites - Juneteenth

A Proclamation on Juneteenth Day of Observance, 2021 (The White House)

The New York Times - The History of a New Holiday

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture


Book Lists

Juneteenth Reads for All Ages 

Books to educate and inspire readers of any age. From non-fiction history, children’s fiction, and cookbooks, this curated list from the New York Public Library encompasses Juneteenth from cover to cover.  

Little Free Library Read in Color - African American Reading Recommendations



Juneteenth - What You Need to Know - HISTORY Channel

Why Do We Celebrate Juneteenth? - Columbia University

Juneteenth Jamboree (Austin, Texas) - PBS Video Series 

Explore the history of the Juneteenth holiday and celebrate black culture and art. This multi-part series produced by Austin PBS, KLRU-TV provides a first-hand glimpse of the celebrations and commemorations in Texas, the birthplace of Juneteenth.   

All About the Holidays – PBS Kids 

A kid-sized introduction to the Juneteenth holiday using eye-catching graphics and animation. This 85-second PBS Kids video provides excellent information for educating young viewers.   


Fargo Juneteenth 3rd Annual Celebration 

Sunday, June 19
12:00-5:00 pm

NDSU Renaissance Hall
650 NP Ave
Fargo, ND 58102

In this year’s Juneteenth celebration, participants have the opportunity to engage in education, entertainment, virtual reality, art, and volunteerism. Cultural events like this are free and open to all members of the community. If you believe in Freedom this event is for you.

This year’s theme is Sankofa: Return and Get It. To make progress toward the future, we must return to and claim our past. It is understanding who we were that will free us to embrace who we now are.

Faith4Hope Presents 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 18
12:00-7:00 pm

F4H Community Center
1321 19th Ave N
Fargo, ND 58102

This daylong, FREE community-led celebration features music, dance, youth and family activities, historical and cultural booths and vendors offering an array of food and merchandise. In the spirit of Juneteenth, the day is dedicated to creating and celebrating individuals, businesses, and institutions for Black people, accomplishments, and culture.