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Juneteenth Celebration at the Arizona Heritage Center on June 18, 2023 Brings Community Members and Local Organizations Together

The 2023 Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2023

TEMPE, AZ  (May 18th 2023) – 

The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) will host their Annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Arizona Heritage Center in partnership with Arizona State University Library’s Black Collections and the Black Family Genealogy and History Society. AHS presents this day of celebration and education as a way to highlight and recognize the various roads that many African Americans have traveled to uplift community voices in Arizona. These roads to freedom are the focus and theme. This event provides the opportunity to collaborate with community partners and collect, preserve and share the history of Arizona’s African American communities.


At this free event supported by generous community leaders including SRP, Renewal by Anderson, and the Historical League, guests will have the opportunity to mingle with each other, take in live performances, and wander through the museum’s exhibits. This will also be the grand opening of AHS’ newest exhibit, “Hallelujah Hats!”, created and curated by local artist Bruce Nelson – “a celebration of the churches of Washington Park, the once thriving segregated African American community in Mesa, Arizona”.


Live entertainment not to be missed with dancers, music, and spoken word artists from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. See world renowned violinist Bruce Kirkwood, rising film star Aubrey Marie Scott, International singer and artist, Sandra Bassett, and local gospel singer Joyce “The Voice” Bailey to name a few. Afterwards, there will be refreshments, networking opportunities, arts and crafts tables, and 20+ community group tables waiting to be explored.


All members of the public are invited to attend. Food and beverages will be available around 3pm on a first come, first served basis. 

Register for free at:

The Arizona Heritage Center is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1300 N. College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281. Purchase tickets at  


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For media interested in attending the event or scheduling an interview, please contact Marianna Touloumes at [email protected] or 480-387-5367.

Museum Location

Arizona Heritage Center

1300 N. College Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85281



Daily Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Website and More Information 



Arizona Historical Society

Mission: Connecting people through the power of Arizona’s history.

Founded in 1864, the Arizona Historical Society (AHS) is the state’s oldest and most prestigious historical organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Arizona’s rich history. AHS operates four museums across the state–Phoenix-metro (Tempe), Tucson, Flagstaff, and Yuma. The stories of the people, places, and events that have shaped Arizona are told through museum exhibits, programs, events, and outreach. The Arizona Historical Society is proud to serve as the steward of Arizona’s history. Our collections, artifacts, and manuscript holdings offer opportunities for public programming, educational outreach, and exhibitions, as well as academic and community-based research. National History Day in Arizona is a signature program of AHS and a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression for middle school and high school students. 


For additional information, visit

Arizona Historical Society Administration: 949 E. 2nd St. Tucson, AZ 85719

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