Juneteenth 2021

Join us in an outdoor reflection in commemoration of Juneteenth and share your thoughts with Outdoor Afro. The question we ask ourselves is “What does freedom mean to me in America?”. Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect in honor of the 2.5 years freedom was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people of Galveston, TX. Let’s go outdoors! Learn how to share your reflections below.

Thousands of people connected with nature on Juneteenth and became part of the Outdoor Afro community.

"So many of us have found in this experience of ‘sheltering in place’ is that nature never closes, that it is always at the ready, and that it is ready to heal and to teach.”

- Rue Mapp

Why We Commemorate


Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the moment when 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Galveston Texas were told they were free in the year 1865 – 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect – January 1, 1863.

Many accounts of history appear to leave out the “how and why.”

How was it possible for President Abraham Lincoln to draft and sign an executive order known as the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery in September 1862 and despite the three months until it took effect, no one told the enslaved?

  • Why didn’t the slave holders tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the sheriff tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the mayor tell the enslaved?
  • Why didn’t the governor tell the enslaved?

We are sharing what freedom means to us. Now we would like to know what freedom in America means to you.

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To Submit Your Reflection on or after June 19th

Juneteenth Sponsors

Thank you to all the organizations who have committed to being part of the inaugural Juneteenth with Outdoor Afro. It is with their support that we are going to engage thousands of people in reflecting on what it means to be free in America.


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Questions? We’ve got answers.

  • What is Juneteenth?

  • Is Juneteenth the end of slavery in the United States?

  • How to participate?

  • Do I need to register?

  • How do I submit a reflection?

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