JJuneteenth commemorates the announcement in Galveston,Texas on June 19, 1865 when freedom for enslaved people was finally announced by Union authorities. Celebrations began the following year mainly as church-centered events and have evolved ever since.

PUMC’s efforts were sparked by Prof.(Emeritus) Albert Raboteau in answer to the question, “what can (one) do to help improve race relations?,” shortly after the racially charged events at Charlottesville, VA. His answer was, “Sit down together and share a meal.” We proceed in that Spirit of fellowship.

Princeton United Methodist Church and Princeton’s Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church formed a partnership, centered around Juneteenth, in 2020. As President Allen, of Lincoln University* who is consulting on the project noted, “the purpose of this project is to ultimately provide opportunities for diverse groups to build relationships towards the common goals of learning about each other and to come together to fight racial injustice. We agreed that this is … not a one and done.  Rather we envision a series of activities that bring communities together to build these relationships and develop cross-cultural trust and respect.”

To this end, we envision events throughout the year to keep the goal of genuine equality, respect and fellowship front and center.

Juneteenth, 2021 (6/19/21) is our first scheduled event. It is to be a picnic, (covid conditions permitting), at Community Park South Pavilions in Princeton for Princeton UMC and Mt. Pisgah AME congregations and friends.

It will be centered on a picnic around noon that day. More information to come! Volunteers welcome!

For more information, please contact Dana Dreibelbis, Co-Chair (with Rev. Dr. Blanks of Mt. Pisgah), of the Juneteenth partnership, at danadreibelbis@gmail.com . Watch this space for updates.

* Lincoln University is the oldest degree-granting HCBU and was founded with assistance from Princeton University faculty and administration