• Juneteenth: Celebrate. Honor. Remember. Build.

    Join us for Baltimore's First Juneteenth Celebration June 17th and 18th at Dovecote Cafe (2501 Madison Ave)

  • What is Juneteenth?

    Join Us June 17th & 18th in Baltimore

    Juneteenth is the largest Black holiday in the country and the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for community self reflection, celebrating those that have paved the way and a time to plan for our future.

     

    June 17th and 18th from 11am-4pm we will celebrate the collective spirit of innovation and Black excellence at Dovecote Cafe. Join us for a weekend of music, historic games and stories, retail pop ups and Black farming demonstrations as we celebrate the legacy of our people. You are also welcome to get tickets for the Reservoir Hill Juneteenth Garden & Home tour by clicking the link above. Juneteenth is free!

     

    We see this as a weekend to support and invest in Black self determination, economic justice and community. We invite people of all races and nationalities to ask how you support the self determination of Black families and communities.

     

    Which Black businesses do you support on a regular basis?

     

    How are you giving your money and time to support organizations led by Black leaders in your community?

    Emancipation Delayed

    Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed “all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State” where the residents were “in rebellion against the United States” on January 1, 1863. In practice, it applied only to those slaves who lived near Union lines, where they could make an easy escape or take advantage of the Northern advance.

     

    News of emancipation would move slowly, which was compounded by the mass migration of slave owners, who fled their holdings in Louisiana and Mississippi—slaves in tow—following the Union victories at New Orleans in 1862 and Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863.

     

    Tens of thousands of slaves arrived in Texas, joining the hundreds of thousands in the interior of the state, where they were isolated from most fighting and any news of the war. Indeed, Union attempts to occupy Texas were limited to the coastlines—far from the densest slave populations—or repelled before they had a chance to succeed.

     

    It wasn't until Gen. Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas, on June 19th 1865 that the final remnants of slavery began to unravel.

     

    For more information see: http://www.juneteenth.com

  • Reservoir Hill Juneteenth

    Garden & Home Tour

    Join us for the Juneteenth Reservoir Hill Garden and Home Tour will be on Saturday, June 17th and Sunday, 18th 2017, from 11am until 4pm. Our 23rd year, this year the tour becomes part of a full weekend of community celebration. It's like your very on HGTV weekend!

    Enjoy a self-guided tour of over 20 homes and gardens, many of which were built in the early 1800s and 1900s. Learn the unique history of our neighborhood as a Black and Jewish center of life in Baltimore. This year’s tour features an expanded footprint with NEW gardens and homes to explore, from fanciful Victorian gardens to sleek contemporary row homes, from Mt. Royal Terrace to Madison Avenue.

     

    Tickets for the full weekend are $15 (home tour cost, Juneteenth is FREE!)

  • Interested in Volunteering? Sharing Your Black Brilliance?

    Hit us up! We're looking for volunteers, vendors and musicians to jam outside that weekend.