June 15, 2019 • noon to 6 p.m.

Annual free festival at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as a celebration of African American emancipation has spread across the United States and beyond. MTCC hosts the free Juneteenth festival each year to celebrate African American freedom and achievements.


Live music, Food Trucks & Kids Zone

Featured performers will include Grammy-nominated R&B artist Carl Thomas and six-time Stellar Award-winning and Grammy-nominated gospel artist VaShawn Mitchell.


Juneteenth 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

The basketball tournament will include brackets for four divisions: men’s, women’s, youth and special abilities. The tournament is supported by West Central Community Center and the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. Cash prizes will be awarded. Registration is $50 per team and the deadline to register is June 5.

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament entry form: 3-on-3 Baskeball Tournament signup 3-on-3 Baskeball Tournament signup (791 KB)


Level Up Youth Dance Competition

The Level Up Youth Dance Competition will allow teams of 2-4 dancers to compete in two divisions: Ages 8-13 and Ages 14-19. Competitors performed in preliminary tryouts on May 19, and guest judges selected two teams from each division to compete for cash prizes on the Juneteenth stage.

Deadline to register is June 7.


June 15: Opening of the newest exhibit 

Juneteenth attendees will have the first opportunity to view the museum’s newest exhibit, “Finding Freedom in the Forest: Opportunities and Challenges for African Americans in the Timber Industry,” which will open at the event. This exhibition is a family friendly experience designed to explore the history of the timber industry through the lens of African Americans in Arkansas.

“Finding Freedom in the Forest” will feature engaging topics such as the history of lumber towns in Arkansas and African American soldiers who used skills learned in the logging industry to build trenches in WWI Europe.

The exhibit will incorporate a diorama of 1920s Crossett, Ark., including a working model train and railroad to illustrate the vital role that railroads had on the expansion of the logging industry in Arkansas.

A children’s gallery will provide a multisensory experience showcasing the beauty and grandeur of the forest.

Vendor and sponsorship opportunities

**Limited vendor & sponsor applications for Juneteenth 2019 are available!**

Space is limited, so get your application in early: Juneteenth Vendor Registration Juneteenth Vendor Registration (346 KB)

Sponsorship information:Juneteenth Sponsorship Packet - 2019 Juneteenth Sponsorship Packet - 2019 (1168 KB)

THANK YOU to our sponsors

Freedom Level
Arkansas Regional
Innovation Hub
Central Arkansas Press
Department of Arkansas Heritage
The Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

Liberty Level
Arkansas Minority Health Commission
Delta Dental of Arkansas Little Rock
Central High School National Historic Site
Simmons Bank
U.S. Bank
West Central Community Center

Proclamation Level
Arkansas Diagnostic Center: The office of Dr. Alonzo Williams, Sr and Dr. Brian McGee
The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
First Security Bank
Little Rock Visitors & Convention Bureau
Luxe Cleaning
Union Pacific Railroad
Young Hogs Custom Printing Company

Independence Level
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Ally Financial
Creative Romance
Cricket Wireless
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Summit
Community Care

Jubilee Level
AARP Arkansas
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Arkansas State University State Farm – Dennis Bost
Centennial Bank
The First Tee of Central Arkansas
Highland Dairy
K Hall & Sons
Little Rock Kappa League
Men’s Club of St. Augustine
Planned Parenthood- Great Plains
Soul Fish Café
Sunnybrook Dentistry

Thank You
A-State Corvette Association
Angela's Hair Studio
Bundtz by Rod
Edwards Food Giant
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen
The Pop Pop Shoppe
Walmart (McCain)
Walmart (Shackleford)


Juneteenth is made possible in part through a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, funded by the Arkansas Real Estate Transfer Tax.

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