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What is Juneteenth?

"After the Union Army captured New Orleans in 1862, slave owners in Confederate states migrated to Texas with more than 150,000 enslaved Black persons.  For 3 years, even after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Black Americans in Texas remained in brutal bondage, immorally and illegally deprived of their freedom and basic dignity.  On June 19, 1865 — over 2 years after President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free — Major General Gordon Granger and Union Army troops marched to Galveston, Texas, to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and free the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas."  ~The White House (2022)


Juneteenth All Year

It can't just be about one day,

as filling as the Juneteenth Commemoration is...

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How do we nourish the Black, Indigenous, People of Color

and our Blended Families in Maine throughout the year?

We had some ideas

Our Programs


Family FUN Days

Discover just how much FUN Adults and Kids can have during these indoor or outdoor events. We like to go fishing or romp at an Indoor Adventure Park. Sign up to stay in the know.

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Water Safety Instructor

We help grow the numbers of BIPOC Lifeguards and Swim Instructors by co-sponsoring Water Safety Instructor classes with local Ys and community organizations. 

     Get on our email list to hear when and where the next WSI Training happens.



Are you ready to make a splash and embrace the world of the water? Safe2Swim is dedicated to providing water safety education and access to local swim classes within the BIPOC community for both Children and Adults. Dive into creating a new relationship between you and the water!


BIPOC Get Togethers

One of the most impactful additions to our Wellness Toolkit as Mainers of Color are creating opportunities to connect, talk, laugh, network, share a meal and just enjoy being together. The impact on our wellness feels immeasurable. Subscribe and join us on Zoom every 1st Sunday of the month.

Juneteenth Downeast

Juneteenth Downeast exists to give people of the African diaspora a place to connect, and opportunities to replenish that which was taken away. Whether through connection to the land, to water, to resources or to each other. May we find through this commemoration ways to be true to Ourselves, our History, and our Heritage. May we find ways to nourish who we are amidst that which is the best of us.



The Juneteenth Commemoration on June 19th, Weekend on the Water and other programming organized by Juneteenth Downeast are only possible because of the amazing volunteer efforts by community organizations and a vital network of individuals who, by their energy, passion and input, affirm that this work is important.


Join us by sharing your time, energy and creativity!

Our Partner Organizations

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Funded in part by Good Shepherd Food Bank in partnership with Black Owned Maine, Maine Initiatives, and the Permanent Commission On The Status Of Racial, Indigenous, and Tribal Populations, State Of Maine, as well as by the amazing generosity of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community. Juneteenth Downeast is fiscally sponsored by Healthy Acadia.

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