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Black and white people are seen serving and receiving food at the 2022 Juneteenth Commemoration in Knowlton Park, Ellsworth, ME
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Black Visioning in Maine

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, the 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.​

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Our Advisory Board, composed primarily of Black members, meets weekly to develop a shared vision and roadmap for what we aim to accomplish now and in the future.

The Juneteenth Downeast Implementation Group itself is composed of members that are Black, White, Latine, disabled, LGBTQ+, live mostly in rural communities and span all income levels. In order to center Black voices most effectively and meaningfully, the group adopted an Agreement that includes the following language:

"We are a Downeast community coalition organizing the annual commemoration of Juneteenth in the Ellsworth/MDI area, guided by the vision and leadership of Black members of our coalition."

Baba Kevin Campbell drumming at the 2022 Juneteenth Commemoration in Knowlton Park, ME
Hawk Henries hugging a woman after receiving blessing from Chief Nze

June 17 & 18 - 2023
Weekend on the Water

23 State Park Rd,
Lamoine, ME 04605

Camping, Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing. Meals Provided

June 19, 2023
Juneteenth Commemoration

23 State Park Rd,
Lamoine, ME 04605

Performers, Speakers, Food, Hands-On Activities for ALL

Our Partner Organizations

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Funded in part by grants from The Maine Humanities Council, Outdoor Equity Fund, Maine Initiatives and the Nature Based Education Consortium, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, 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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