Gainesville to host two Juneteenth events

Courtesy city of Gainesville

The city of Gainesville kicks off June with two events celebrating “The Journey to Juneteenth.”

The two events are a part of the City of Gainesville’s month-long celebration of the journey to freedom. These events will be ongoing through June 19.

Saturday, June 3

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Enstoolment Celebration at Best Western Gateway Grand Hotel (4200 NW 97th Blvd) from 5-9 p.m.

Vivan Washington Filer will be honored and be given the royal stool along with the title, Queen Mother Mangye Naa Amiami Osuowaa Okropong (Mother Who Loves and Protects All of Her Children).

There will be a ceremony followed by a banquet with music and entertainment.

Tickets are available at

Sunday, June 4

The History of the Seminole Nation: Unchained and Unconquered at Oak View Park (810 NW Eighth Ave.) from 6-9 p.m.

This event celebrates the Seminole Nation and contextualizes their rich heritage within Emancipation Day and Juneteenth. There will be a presentation by Dr. Anthony Dixon.

The event features music, art, poetry, a lecture, and question and answer period.

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