On June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln emancipated enslaved Africans in America, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas with news of freedom. More than 250,000 African Americans embraced freedom by executive decree in what became known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day. The Juneteenth Mississippi Homecoming will serve as mass family reunion and platform for the extended African American family who migrated north after slavery to cities like Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Lous, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Oakland, Baltimore and Cleveland and New York City; to come back home to connect with and explore their Mississippi roots.

Historical Context

The Great Migration

The Great Migration of African Americans from the Southern states to the North during the early to mid-20th century was a pivotal moment in American history, driven by the pursuit of economic opportunities and an escape from racial segregation millions of African Americans left the Jim Crow South for the promise of better jobs and living conditions in the industrialized North. While the move brought about positive changes, it alos led to the disintegration fo African American communities in the South. 

Although many have found success in the North, there is a growing interest among African Americans who were part of this migration to explore economic prospects back in their Southern roots.  Juneteenth Mississippi Homecoming provide is the perfect opportunity for families who migrated north to be welcomed back to explore their roots. 


Economic Benefits

Returning to Mississippi for Juneteenth Weekend offers a chance for economic revitalization in various ways