Pictured Above: Introducing our 2021-23 Iowa Juneteenth King & Queen Bishop Marion and Sandra Eppright
Welcome to our Iowa Juneteenth Observance Website
A Message from Our General Chairperson:
Words can't express my happiness with this year's Iowa Juneteenth 2021. We had a wonderful time celebrating black culture. This is an Iowa Juneteenth we will never forget as Juneteenth is now a National Holiday! The Des Moines Urban Experience which is responsible for the Iowa Juneteenth events asks you to consider giving to our organization as we continue to make an impact on our community.
Thank you again! Share this with others! Next year’s Iowa Juneteenth will be large. Go to our Volunteer Page to sign up to help for the 2021 Iowa Juneteenth. Blessings, Dwana Bradley, General Chairperson Iowa Juneteenth Observance Click a button below to help us with our mission
Click on the video above for a special message from our Chairperson
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration that commemorates the June 19th, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of America. The Iowa Juneteenth Observance has been in existence for 30 years, and was founded by Gary Lawson (Founder & General Chair Emeritus of IJO) in 1990. On April 11, 2002 the Iowa Juneteenth holiday was made an official holiday. It is our desire to promote the "spirit" of Juneteenth throughout the year.