2023Capital City Juneteenth Celebration

Raleigh, NC

June 14th thru June 19th


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The 2023 CCJC Celebration!!​​

Outline of Events

Wednesday, June 14th
City of Raleigh Museum 

220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 

7:00 pm

African American Politics – Past Present Future - Join the City of Raleigh Museum for a discussion on the changing face of African American political involvement with Earl Ijames, curator at the North Carolina Museum of History and Yvonne Lewis-Holley, former North Carolina state representative.

NC Museum of History

109 E. Jones Street, Daniels Auditorium, Raleigh, NC

 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Significance of Juneteenth - Dr. Spencer R. Crew, Interim Director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution Register @ The Significance of Juneteenth Tickets, Wed, Jun 14, 2023 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite

Thursday, June 15th 

NC Offices of Archives & History 

109 East Jones Street, Room 208, Raleigh, NC

12 pm - 1:30 pm

Untangling Our Roots: Experiences with African American Genealogy - The State Library and State Archives of North Carolina will present a Lunch and Learn panel of veteran researchers. The panelists will offer research strategies and share their own experiences untangling the intersected knots of history, memory, and surviving records, to reveal their ancestral roots. Question and answer session including staff of the SLNC and SANC to follow. Meet in Room 208 at the SLNC Governement & Heritage Library or tune in to the livestream on the State Library of North Carolina's YouTube page.  

Friday, June 16th

NC Museum of History

 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC

1 pm - 4 pm

Drop in at the NC Museum of History for an afternoon of activities. Meet members of the US Colored Light Artillery Civil War reenactors as they reveal the legacy of the courageous soldiers in the struggle for freedom and citizenship during the American Civil War. Visit museum exhibits, and watch Neal Thomas make split-oak baskets, like those used by families at early Juneteenth celebrations.

Friday, June 16th

Friday Fish Fry

Dorothea Dix Park @ The Big Field (101 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC)

4:00 pm until sold out

Chef James Guilford, a third-generation pit BBQ cook from Princeville, NC, will start the activities for Dorothea Dix Park with a Friday Fish Fry and fire up his pit to begin cooking authentic wood-fired eastern North Carolina BBQ for Saturday afternoon. 

Fish sandwiches with vinegar-based coleslaw along with lemonade for $10

Friday, June 16th

NC Museum of Art (

Juneteenth Joy 2023: A Celebration of Freedom and Gospel Music

7:00 pm

Kick off your weekend with Juneteenth Joy 2023: A Celebration of Freedom and Gospel Music. This special event features The Clark Sisters, John P. Kee, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and special guest Charles Jenkins.

Saturday, June 17th

Dorothea Dix Park - The Big Field (101 Blair Drive) & All Faiths Chapel

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Limited transportation will be available from the parking lots at 801 Biggs Dr. and 1030 Richardson Dr.

Family Day at the Park - Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of family entertainment with musical performers, vendors, guest speakers, kids’ zone, and exhibits.  The celebration begins with a cannon salute by United States Colored Troops reenactors.

Performers & Guest Speakers

Cannon Salute - United States Colored Troops Reenactors
12: 55 pm - Jonathan Olu-Taylor- Djembe Drummer

Posting of the Colors - US Colored Troops

Welcome - Host
1:00 - Prayer - Rev. Larry McDonald, Pastor of St. Paul AME Church

Opening remarks

1:20 - 1:50 - Musical Performance - Jared R. Payton Chorale (Negro Spirituals)

Guest Speakers

The Occasion - NC African American Heritage Commission

The Dr. E. B. Palmer Award - Earl Ijames & the NC African American Heritage Commission Representative
The Enslaved People Project - Wake County Register of Deeds


From Naming to Knowing Project - NC State Capitol

The Ned Hunter Family Reconnect

2:10 - 2:55 - Musical Performance - Violinist & The Spoken Word - United Strings of Color

Guest Speakers

NAACP - Raleigh-Apex Chapter

Carolinian Newspaper

Miss Black North Carolina 2023

Capital City Juneteenth Celebration Committee Members

3:10 - 3:25 - Storytelling by Braima Moiwa

3:25 - 4:10 - Musical Performance - The Mac McLaughlin Group (Jazz)

Guest Speakers

Voter Registration - Wake County Government Board of Elections

Richard B. Harrison Library

Chavis Park

Freedom Park

Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club

4:35 - 5:20 - Musical Performance - Lyrick (Rock, Pop, and Funk Band)

Retiring of the Colors - US Colored Troops

​Closing Remarks

Children's Activity Zone

Children's Storybook Readings, Water Slide, Basketball Shootout

Balloon Artists and Face Painting

​All Faiths Chapel - 2:00 - 4:00

1030 Richardson Dr. Raleigh, NC 27603

Displays & Youth Performing Groups

African American Scientists & Inventors Exhibit

NC Museum of Art
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In this documentary Grammy-nominated country artist and radio host Rissi Palmer redefines success as she works on her latest album while uplifting other artists of color in the Americana genres.

NC Museum of Art

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Screening of Do the Right Thing​      

Movie/Music Combo in Museum Park
Includes a DJ Set / Dance Party with K97's Brian Dawson

Sunday, June 18th

Historic St. Paul A.M.E. Church 

402 W. Edenton St., Raleigh, NC

 In-person and virtual worship service @ 10:00 am

Watch livestream at or

Sunday, June 18th

 William Peace University - Kenan Auditorium 

15 East Peace Street, Raleigh, NC

3:00 pm - Free admission - Limited seating - Must register due to limited seating

Registration has been closed. No more seats are available as of June 7th. 

Homegirls- Five young college women, four black and one white, strive to maintain their friendship and find their way into adulthood against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.  Performance by the Agape Theatre Project.

Monday, June 19th   

 1865: The First in Freedom Convention – View film release. Click "African American History" tab for film release.

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Preserving our Heritage and Moving It Forward


2023 Committee Members

Rev. Robert L. Hodges, Sr. - Ex Officio Member

Sarah Moses - Chair and Event Organizer

Anita Pearson - Vice Chair

Joyce Jarrett - Financial Chair

Earl Ijames

Andre Nabors

Jonathan Olu-Taylor

Tammy Hunter Jones

Charles Wright

Troy McNish