The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) celebrates the Juneteenth holiday early with a special Community Day and “A Seat at the Table” evening program Saturday, June 15. The public is invited to join the museum’s Juneteenth celebration—during the entire month of June—and embrace the rich history of Freedom Day each week. 

“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate freedom—both its promise and the enduring legacy of those who valiantly sought to realize it,” said Kevin Young, NMAAHC’s director. “As we look to this form of living history, this now-federal holiday reminds us of the joy and struggle of the past as well as the possibilities of the future.”  

The public is invited to learn more about the history and legacy of Juneteenth, download a free digital toolkit and check out the museum’s Juneteenth reading list and other resources.

June Programming Schedule 

Sweet Home Cafe 


The Sweet Home Café will feature a special menu collaboration with Executive Chef Ramin Coles and vegan chef, activist and author Bryant Terry. The menu will be available beginning Saturday, June 15, and offered through the weekend. More details are available on the Sweet Home Café’s webpage. Entry to the museum includes access to the café. 

New Exhibition To Open in December 


The museum will open “In Slavery’s Wake: Making Black Freedom in the World” in the Bank of America Special Exhibitions Gallery Dec. 13. This international exhibition explores, interrogates and reframes the history and legacies of slavery, colonialism and freedom on a global scale using historic artifacts and contemporary artworks from collections around the world. More information is available on the museum’s website at   

About the Museum  
Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed 10 million in-person visitors and millions more through its digital presence. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. The museum has also launched and is continually expanding its reach with the Searchable Museum portal and other efforts to bring African American history into the world’s hands and homes. For more information about the museum, visit, follow @NMAAHC on X, Facebook and Instagram or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.

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