• Nick Koger

Celebrate Juneteenth in the Shenandoah Valley

Updated: Aug 4

Juneteenth, a national holiday held on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans through the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment. Originating in Galveston, Texas since 1865 Juneteenth has evolved into a celebration of the African-American heritage despite adversity and turmoil. Join the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund as we continue to uplift and recognize black and brown entrepreneurs in the local Shenandoah Valley.

Support Black and Brown entrepreneurs in the Shenandoah Valley

Celebrate and learn about Black history and culture on Juneteenth – but don’t stop there. Actively support the Shenandoah Valley’s Black and Brown entrepreneurs and shop local on Juneteenth and beyond. Support BIPOC-owned businesses and venture activity in the valley 365 days a year with these lists of Black and Brown-owned businesses.


Local to Harrisonburg? Check out the Black and Brown-Owned Businesses in Downtown Harrisonburg compiled by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance. This list offers a wealth of BIPOC-owned businesses to support every day of the year. Whether you are looking to try a new coffee shop or restaurant, this list has you covered.


The Staunton News Leader also compiled a list of black-owned businesses in other areas of the Shenandoah Valley, including Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro. Check out the list by Staunton News Leader Laura Peters here. The list includes auto shops, food trucks, and many other businesses owned and operated by Black and Brown entrepreneurs in the valley.


On Juneteenth and every day of the year, go into your community and support Black and Brown entrepreneurs and local businesses. The Shenandoah Valley’s entrepreneurship ecosystem thrives on support from you, so shop local and support BIPOC-owned businesses!


Events

You can also honor Juneteenth in the Shenandoah Valley by attending your nearest Juneteenth celebration! The valley is offering many celebrations this year so keep reading to learn more about events near you.


The non-profit organization ​​The Concerned Citizens of Glasgow is hosting a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18 at the Glasgow Community Center. See the flag-raising ceremony and enjoy lunch, games, and live music! Also, dress in your cultural attire to celebrate Black history and culture!


Celebrate at the Clark County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 9 pm at Clarke County’s Juneteenth Celebration 2022. Learn about Black history and culture, see live entertainment, buy from vendors, and more! The event is hosted by local non-profit organizations the Josephine School Community Museum, Josephine Improvement Association, and the Clarke County Training School – Johnson Williams High School Reunion Association.


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester is having a Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19th from 12 to 5 pm. Explore the museum’s galleries at no charge, listen to live music, enjoy food from local food trucks, and more! Also visit two special exhibitions with free admission – Contributions: African Americans in the Shenandoah Valley and Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. This event is free and no registration is required.


Check out the Rockbridge Area Juneteenth 2022 on Sunday, June 19 from 1 to 6 pm at Richardson Park in Lexington. Hosted by Project Horizon, CARE Rockbridge, Washington & Lee, Rockbridge NAACP, the Rockbridge Historical Society, 50 Ways Rockbridge, and VMI, the Rockbridge Area Juneteenth Celebration 2022 will host live music and speakers, and promote local Black and Brown-owned businesses.


The Orange County African American Historical Society is hosting a Homecoming Celebration for Juneteenth on Sunday, June 19th from 11 am to 5 pm. Join in-person on Juneteenth or virtually throughout the month of June for the celebrations. Attend the Dedication of the Commemorative Park in the town of Orange and many more activities to celebrate the holiday and bring the community together.


Magpie Diner is hosting Harrisonburg’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration! Join Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed and Councilman Chris Jones downtown on Sunday, June 19 from 3-8 pm for a community celebration with live music, a barbeque, local organizations, vendors, and more!


The Waynesboro Naacp is hosting a Juneteenth Freedom Celebration on Sunday, June 19 at the Ridgeview Park Amphitheater. Come and join us to celebrate the day of freedom of African-Americans.

Support for Black and Brown Founders in the Shenandoah Valley

In an effort to help people create options for themselves, the Shenandoah Community Capital fund is partnering with five organizations in the Shenandoah Valley that are dedicated to supporting women and people of color to start and grow their businesses.


These organizations not only get Black and Brown businesses running, but they ensure their success and expansion in local communities. By offering business development programming, diversity education, and more, all while celebrating entrepreneurs of color, these organizations are supporting the possibilities and successes for many in the valley.

Support and learn more about these organizations below.


The Walker Entrepreneurship Program (Lexington & surrounding areas)

RISE Organization (Shenandoah Valley)

Grow Waynesboro (Waynesboro & surrounding areas)

B-Cubed (Harrisonburg City & Rockingham County)

Shenandoah University: Institute for Entrepreneurship (Winchester & surrounding areas)

Learn more about our relationship with these organizations and the Community Navigator Grant here.

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