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Juneteenth celebrations

June 11, 2021

Juneteenth is a statewide holiday that will be honored at UVA with various programming

June 19 — otherwise known as “Juneteenth” or “Freedom Day” — is a day of celebration and reflection commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

Since Juneteenth falls on a Saturday this year, the official observance for the University of Virginia will be Friday, June 18 with the closure of the Academic Division (clinical operations necessitate that the University Medical Center remain open and team members report to work as scheduled).

There are multiple ways to engage with programming and to commemorate the day at UVA and in the local community:

  • Pick up your Juneteenth button from one of the following locations:
    • Academic Service Desk, lower-level Leake Building
    • HSPP Service Desk, ground floor West Complex
    • UVA Medical Center
    • Clemons Library
    • Recreational facilities at Slaughter, Memorial and North Grounds
    • UVA Bookstore
  • June 15, 4:30 p.m.: Dr. Amy Tillerson-Brown, professor of history at Mary Baldwin University, will present a lecture via Zoom, "Juneteenth: A Day of Jubilee and Commitment to Justice." Register online to attend.
  • June 19, noon-4 p.m.: Attend the in-person Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. There will also be a virtual celebration on the Cville Education Channel (Channel 14) at 5 p.m.
  • Learn more about the history of Juneteenth and access informational resources on the UVA Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website.

About the author

Jane Centofante
Communications senior generalist
UVA Facilities Management
(434) 982-5846