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5 Things To Do This Weekend: 6/19 – 6/21

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 19th 2020 1490 0

Happy Juneteenth Memphis! Here are the five things you won’t want to miss this weekend, plus a few extras.

This mural, by Memphis artist Lawrence Matthews is next to the Four Way restaurant in Soulsville. The central figure is Ida B. Wells, who was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for her work as a journalist and an anti-lynching activist. She lived in Memphis in the 1880s – 1890s.

A Tour of Possibilities Caravan Tour Launch, regular tours starting Friday
One of my favorite Memphians, Carolyn Michael-Banks, has been leading Memphis history tours for several years in her signature “ATOP” van. Now, she’s launching caravan tours so folks can stay safe in their own cars and experience her storytelling via Bluetooth. I’m trying it out today (Friday) around 1 p.m, and I’ll share my experience on IG Stories today, and later with a blog post recap. So tune in and watch out for that!

The Lost Generation: Panel Conversation With Jared “JB” Boyd, FB streaming, anytime, free, all ages
Memphis music expert and journalist JB hosts a fascinating panel video discussion with Memphis musicians. The live video is already up, so take a watch and a look.

Juneteenth PopUp Marketplace, Inspire Community Cafe, Friday, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., all ages/kid-friendly, free
From Inspire: “We will have FREE delicious hibiscus tea, corn hole for kids, and food sale proceeds will support our local BLM chapter. Of course, we will practice social distancing and we ask that people wear a mask. Let’s continue to keep one another safe”

Juneteenth 3-Day Liberation Celebration, Friday – Sunday, all day, Makeda’s Cookies, all ages/free to attend
Makeda’s Cookie’s downtown (488 S. 2nd St. near the NCRM) hosts a three day celebration with a sidewalk sale, food trucks, Artreanna’s Italian Ice and more. Details.

Juneteenth Celebration, Slave Haven Underground Railroad, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., all ages/free to attend
The Slave Haven museum (828 N. 2nd St.) will host a Juneteenth Celebration on the lawn. 


A few more ideas…

Juneteenth Shop Black Virtual Event, Instagram, Friday, noon to 8 p.m.
Check out the Instagram page for black-owned businesses.

National Civil Rights Museum: Juneteenth.
The National Civil Rights Museum, along with other African American museums will launch a digital recognition of Juneteenth.

The Memphis Branch of the NAACP hosts a virtual Juneteenth Celebration and Commemoration on FB Live at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Royal Studios with the Official Black Lives Matter Memphis Chapter will host a Virtual Juneteenth Celebration on FB Live on Saturday from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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