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Juneteenth Celebration

Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2021


The Coos History Museum and Alonzo Tucker Task Force Committee comprised of many local organizations and individual partnerships are hosting the first ever Juneteenth Celebration. Join us for a Special Edition Tuesday Talk, the installation of the Equal Justice Initiative Historical Marker for Alonzo Tucker, and a Free Day at the Coos History Museum with many opportunities to get involved and celebrate.

Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day or Freedom Day, is the oldest national celebration marking the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth has been commemorated since June 19, 1865 when the last slaves in Galveston, Texas finally learned they were free- over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863. Today the event is widely celebrated across the United States.


June 15th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
A Special Tuesday Talk livestream webinar will discuss the history, education, culture, and significance of Juneteenth featuring special guest panelists:

  • Dr. Carol Bunch Davis, Texas A&M University, Galveston
  • Heather Coleman-Cox, Juneteenth Oregon
  • Jamar Ruff, Coos Head Food Co-Op and United Way of Southwestern Oregon
  • Taylor Stewart, Oregon Remembrance Project

Virtual event. Click here to Register.

June 19th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM:
Witness: The unveiling of the Equal Justice Initiative Historical Marker acknowledging the lynching of Alonzo Tucker in Coos Bay, Oregon and lynchings throughout United States history. The public is invited to attend this unveiling in person. This portion of the event will also be live-streamed. To watch the livestream:

June 19th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM:
Participate: Lend your words to our Community Word Cloud. We invite event participants to help us commemorate this new event by contributing to a word cloud which will be made into digital artwork and a banner after the event. You can contribute online or in person at the museum.

June 19th, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM:
Experience: Visit Coos History Museum anytime throughout the day to celebrate Juneteenth with family and friends. FREE entrance all day, the first 200 visitors will receive a Juneteenth take home kit featuring decorations, educational materials, swag and more. Check out the live music, the new Alonzo Tucker marker & story, and enjoy the museum’s exhibits.

1210 N. Front Street
Coos Bay, 97420 | Map It
541-756-6320 •
(541) 269-0215
50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420

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