Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, word of emancipation finally reached a group of slaves in Galveston, Texas freeing them from bondage. Since the late 19th century, Black Americans have celebrated Juneteenth as a celebration of freedom.
Swissvale was one of the first boroughs in Allegheny County to recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday in June of 2019. In 2020, the Borough approved Resolution 20-10 recognizing it as an annual day of celebration in Swissvale.
This year, the Juneteenth Celebration will take place at Les Getz Memorial Park from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 18th. Activities will include music, vendors, a local artist exhibition and a writing contest.
This Juneteenth 2022 The DEI Committee calls upon our local businesses and residents to support the celebration of Juneteenth in Swissvale through acts of service, volunteerism, and donations.
In order to put on this high-quality, community-wide celebration, we need sponsors of all levels! Please consider how you and your business can take part in this important celebration. To become a sponsor, please complete our SPONSORSHIP FORM.
Middle and high school students are invited to write a poem, prose, or essay that relates the concept of freedom and the celebration of Juneteenth to their life and goals for the future. Finalists will be announced and honored at our Juneteenth Celebration.
The deadline for submissions is 7:00 p.m. on May 20th. Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the student's name, age, grade, school and email.
Local Artist Exhibition
Local artists are invited to participate in an exhibition featuring work that encompasses the spirit of Juneteenth. All work will be displayed digitally and physically, in celebration of Juneteenth.
Adult Artists (18 years old and up), working in any media, and residing within Pittsburgh, PA are eligible to submit work. The submission must be original and encompass the artist’s interpretation of the theme “the spirit of Juneteenth.”
- The original artwork or high-quality photograph of the artwork
- An individual photo of the artist
- The artist’s name, email, and mailing address
Submissions may be emailed to Weldianne Scales or physically dropped off to the Borough Building.
By 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29th
If you have any questions about the exhibition, please call 412-271-7101 or email Weldianne Scales.
Thank you to our Juneteenth Corporate Sponsors!
Photo Above: 2021 artwork by Angela Ford
Photo Above: 2021 artwork by Tyland Chambers