Amherst Juneteenth Community Celebration

On Saturday, June 19th 2021, for the first time, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will celebrate Juneteenth as an official state holiday. The Town of Amherst, in partnership with The Civil War Tablet Committee and The Mill District, will celebrate Juneteenth with a daylong event spread over four locations. Uplifting African American culture, traditions, and community heroes near and far, including Amherst residents Christopher, John, Henry, James and Charles Thompson who served in the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts 5th Cavalry among the Soldiers in Texas for the liberation. They are laid to rest in the West Cemetery located in Amherst Center.

Juneteenth is a second Independence Day; a jubilee for African Americans, welcoming all who believe in freedom for all through gathering, art, history, music, food, education and spiritual acknowledgment.   

Juneteenth Amherst Event 2021 Snapshot: Saturday, June 19th 

Tribute to our Soldiers 10:00 am at the West Cemetery in Amherst Center

Commemoration and Civil War Tablet Exhibit 11:00 am at the Bangs Center Courtyard (70 Boltwood Walk)

Community Jubilee 1:00 pm on the Amherst Town Common with food and entertainment 

Sunset Reception 6:00 pm at The Mill District in North Amherst featuring an artist collective and fashion show

All locations for this event will follow any relevant COVID-19 protocols and guidance as provided by the State of Massachusetts


Contact Jennifer Moyston at (413) 259-3002 or via email at

All are welcome to this event and we look forward to celebrating with you on Juneteenth 2021


The Civil War Tablets Committee        

The Mill District         

The Town of Amherst

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