One Day Only
June 19, 2021
  • Market Street Plaza & Wheeling Heritage Port
    Market Street Plaza
    1053 Market Street
    Wheeling, WV 26003

    Wheeling Heritage Port
    1201 Water Street
    Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Hours
  • Free Admission

Join us at 5 p.m. at Market Plaza as we honor and celebrate African American history, music, faith, family, and freedom!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the term “Juneteenth.” From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, observance of Juneteenth as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States, and is an official holiday recognized in 47 States and the District of Columbia.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a short ceremony at the north end of Market Plaza. The location is of significance as the space was once a slave auction block. Guest speakers will include:
-Loma Nevels, vice chair of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission
-Dr. W. Franklin Evans, president of West Liberty University
-Owens Brown, president of the West Virginia NAACP
-Glenn Elliott, mayor of the City of Wheeling
Music and entertainment will follow at Wheeling Heritage Port, with performances by:
-Ezra John
-Tree of Life
-Logan Wojcik
-Darryl Watts
-Tony Williams
Attendees who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination are asked to wear a mask and maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from other guests. Anyone who is experiencing fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19-related symptoms is asked to stay home.
Presented by the Juneteenth Committee in partnership with the City of Wheeling, Wheeling Heritage, NAACP, and the YWCA Wheeling.