About Us

The first celebration of Juneteenth in Fairfield County was established by Cynthia Griffin in 1992 in Bridgeport, CT with a Juneteenth parade from Stratford Avenue to Newfield Park. It was a roundup of all the organizations, churches, and businesses in the community. In 1995 The Christian Crusaders of Bethel AME Church in Norwalk, CT, held a 4 day carnival to commemorate the celebration of Juneteenth, and by 1999 The Juneteenth Day Committee of Stamford sponsored a performance by “The Perry Players” at the Stamford Center for the Arts. 2005 began the vision of Juneteenth celebrated as a County-wide celebration and established as a non-profit 501(c3) agency.

The Juneteenth parade, held the 2nd Saturday in June annually, has grown to be one of the most colorful and entertaining parades in Fairfield County, featuring floats and marching bands from CT, NY and Maryland.

When Is Juneteenth Celebrated The celebration of Juneteenth “Freedom Day” by descendants of Africans in America began on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas. It is now held annually in more than 200 cities in the United States, as a week-long celebration, culminating on June 19th.

Why Is Juneteenth Celebrated
Juneteenth is an opportunity to commemorate our ancestors both free and enslaved, Black, Red and White, who collaborated to end those dark days in our American History and for all people today to celebrate freedom and equal rights in the United States. It symbolizes the end of slavery and serves as a historical milestone reminding all Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. It honors those African ancestors who survived the inhumane institution of bondage, as well as demonstrating pride in the marvelous legacy of resistance and perseverance they left us.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Juneteenth of Fairfield County is to establish and maintain an annual, County-wide celebration of the historical event of Juneteenth in ways that broaden the awareness and appreciation of African-American culture and history such that self esteem and pride are promoted throughout the communities of Fairfield County.

SPONSORED EVENTS
• The Emancipation Proclamation anniversary celebrated in February to commemorate the Birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas
• The Juneteenth Essay Contest for Middle School Students
• Mr. & Miss Juneteenth Contest
• Juneteenth Black Tie Community Service Awards Banquet
• The Juneteenth African-American Caribbean Freedom Day Parade

The message and celebration of Juneteenth throughout Fairfield County has been seen and heard on several radio and TV shows including “Channel 12 Our Lives” and in local schools during Black History Month. Our Black Tie Awards Banquet has featured such notable speakers as, Ken Morris Jr., the great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglas, Frank Garrison & Edith Griffin, the great- grandchildren of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, and the descendants of Abolitionists, Prudence Crandall & Sarah & Mary Harris.

All proceeds from our events are in support of our scholarship programs and the Juneteenth African-American Caribbean Parade.