Where: Lincoln Memorial, 406 East River Road

What: Celebration!

Contact: Waterfront Park | 502.574.3768


Please bring a chair and / or a blanket for lawn seating.  Umbrellas are permitted, tents are not permitted.  Food, and beverages will be available for purchase at the Lincoln Memorial beginning at 7:30pm.

TARC will provide a free circulating shuttle at 15 minute intervals from 8:15-9:45pm between the Lincoln Memorial, the Green Parking Lot (adjacent to the Great Lawn), and Yum! Plaza at 2nd & Main. Shuttle stops are indicated by a red t on the route map below (printable version here). Parking is also available at locations indicated on the map. (Please note that the Wharf Parking Lot is paid parking.)

TARC is also providing a free shuttle from the Parkland Boys and Girls Club at 3200 Greenwood Avenue, Louisville, KY 40211, on the following schedule:

  • 7:00pm – Shuttle leaves Parkland Boys and Girls Club for the parade site at Yum! Plaza
  • 7:30pm – Shuttle leaves Parkland Boys and Girls Club for the parade site at Yum! Plaza
  • 9:15pm – After the performance (approximately 9:15pm), shuttle leaves Lincoln Memorial to return to Greenwood Avenue
  • 9:45pm (If needed) – Last shuttle will leave Lincoln Memorial for Greenwood Avenue

All shuttles are generously sponsored by TARC free of charge in support of this community event.

We welcome community organizations, youth & children’s programs, and other groups and individuals to join us at the First Annual Juneteenth Jubilee at Waterfront Park! We encourage you to lead a group in the community parade, and to wear t-shirts and carry banners or signs representing your group. We also hope you will help spread the word to other potential participants. This will be a special evening, and we would love for you to be there!

The 2019 Juneteenth Jubilee will begin at 2nd and Main on the KFC Yum! Center Plaza with a community gathering in remembrance of the thousands of enslaved Africans sold at this site in the 1800s. Grand Marshal Ed Hamilton and the River City Drum Corp will lead participants through Downtown Louisville in a march for freedom to Waterfront Park.

At the Lincoln Memorial, sculpted by Hamilton a decade ago, a sunset performance will celebrate freedom, featuring guest speakers reading excerpts of the Emancipation Proclamation embellished by artistic responses and other readings and performances by:

  • Ed Hamilton

    Artist Ed Hamilton with his Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Park.

  • Hannah Drake
  • River City Drum Corp
  • Jecorey “1200” Arthur
  • Jason Clayborn and the Atmosphere Changers
  • Lanita Rocknettes
  • Lance Newman
  • Louisville Central Community Center
  • The Real Young Prodigy’s
  • Chanelle Helm
  • Squallis Puppeteers
  • Sadiqa Reynolds
  • Senator Gerald Neal
  • Metro Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey
  • Tyrone Cotton
  • and many more

  The public is invited to gather at the KFC Yum! Center Plaza, 2nd & Main Streets
8:00pm:  March to the Lincoln Memorial (a distance of approximately 1 mile)
8:30pm: The celebration at the Lincoln Memorial begins
9:15pm:  The event will conclude with a beautiful sunset over the Ohio River

This first community-wide Juneteenth Jubilee commemorates the final communication of the abolition of slavery in the United States on June 19, 1865. June 19th is “Juneteenth National Freedom Day” in Kentucky, in honor and reflection of the significant roles that African-Americans have played in the history of the United States. The new date of July 28th also holds a special significance because on July 28, 1868, the adoption of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified. The amendment grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves.

Concessions will be available for purchase during the Lincoln Memorial portion of the event.

A big thank you to TARC and Louisville Public Media for helping to make this event possible!

Admission: Free!