Our Ocean City Historical Museum exhibit - "The Seasons of Life: The African American Community in Ocean City" - is now open through March 31st! Come check out some stories and artifacts from the long and rich history of the Black community in OC. The museum is located at 17th and Simpson (in the Community Center building) and is open Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm. We will celebrate the exhibit during an Open House Reception on Friday, February 23rd 7pm-8:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.
The Black community in our hometown, Ocean City, NJ, has a rich history.
To honor, maintain, and share that history, we have begun an annual Juneteenth Celebration & Brunch. During this celebration, we share photographs, documents, and other artifacts chronicling the Black community in Ocean City and the town history overall. We also honor the elders of our community and share oral and written histories from families in our community spanning many generations.
The second annual Juneteenth "Family Reunion" Celebration
will be held
Saturday, June 16, 2018 10am-2pm.
More details to come soon!
For more information, contact us
by emailing OCJuneteenth@gmail.com or through Steering Committee members -
Takiya Wilson, Joshua Baker, or Brittany Battle.
The Ocean City Juneteenth Organization is made up of a number of current and former residents of Ocean City with strong and heartfelt ties to the community in which we were born and raised. Learn more about our organization on the About Us page.
Each of our 2017 honorees contributed immensely to the development of the thriving Black community in Ocean City. We recognize them for their love, their spirit, and their greatness. Learn more on the Honorees page.
Juneteenth represents the day, June 19, 1865, that enslaved Africans in Texas finally learned of their freedom, more than 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This day has been celebrated in the Black community since then. Learn more about Juneteenth on the History of Juneteenth page.
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