Juneteenth – Colonial Williamsburg Event

  • Join the Williamsburg community as we gather to commemorate, celebrate, and reflect on the Black experience in America at this year’s annual Juneteenth Opening Ceremony at Custis Square at Colonial Williamsburg from 10-11 AM.
  • This ceremony is free to anyone who wishes to attend and is presented in partnership with William & Mary, The Let Freedom Ring Foundation, The First Baptist Church, The City of Williamsburg, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
  • Later move on to the Custis Square archaeological site where you can learn about Pompey, Alice, Jack, and the other enslaved men, women, and children who lived and worked at Custis Square. Talk with archaeologists as they work to understand how the landscape at Custis Square reflects the presence and contributions of enslaved people. Stay to meet Peter, an enslaved man who liberated himself from John Custis IV and made his way to parts unknown in 1745. Hear him reflect on his time at Custis Square and the paradox of leaving everything behind to gain his freedom. Guided tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Conversations with Peter begin at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • This community event is open to the public. Weather dependent.