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Celebrate Juneteenth in Decatur

Trace the whole narrative of Decatur’s Black history, from the deep roots of its earliest days to the brave, unsung acts of our local Civil Rights leaders. We’re committed to sharing the whole story. Here are some resources and suggestions as we celebrate Juneteenth!

Praise House

Join the celebrations at the Praise House! This public art installation at Beacon Hill  by artist-activist Charmaine Minnifield remembers Decatur’s historic Black community. On Wednesday, June 19, view an exterior projection in observance of Juneteenth at sunset, 8-10 pm.

Return Sunday June 23 for a larger celebration from 6-9 pm with historic Lilly Hill Baptist Church. The event starts with a drum procession to a family reunion-style gathering on the lawn with DJ. Bring a picnic and plenty to share. The evening ends with an exterior projections of Beacon Hill history at sunset, 8-9 pm.  Extended interior viewing hours of the Praise House from 3-6 pm on June 23.

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Black History Walking Tour

Put on your walking shoes for a self-guided tour. Visit 12 points of interest around Decatur that highlight the contributions of our Black community members, including the permanent Beacon Hill Exhibit and the MLK historical marker and timeline at the corner of W. Trinity Place and McDonough Street tells the impactful story about the Rev. Marin Luther King Jr.’s time in Decatur.

Black History Walking Tour Guide

Public Art

See public art created by Black artists. “What Sonia Said” by Ellex Swavoni stands prominently tands prominently on the site of Decatur’s historic Beacon Hill community. The sculpture is a tribute to the strength, heroism, and resilience of Black communities, and is a part of the Art For The People Project, a collaboration with Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights.

The Decatur Box Project installation at W. Trinity and North McDonough by Fabian Williams features social activist Reverend William Barber. Look up for “Signs of Solidarity” around Decatur High School. The signs were commissioned in 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Spot Secret Door “Luna’s Rays”by Brea T’Ann around Oakhurst Recreation Center. All three projects are organized by Decatur Arts Alliance.

Traveling on MARTA? The Decatur Avondale Station features two stand-out installations: “The Journey We Traveled” by Derrick Phillips, Sr. and “Transfer” by James Wright, Sr. Both works are part of the Black Artists Matter collaboration between Decatur Arts Alliance and MARTA Artbound. And right around the corner from the Downtown Decatur Station is “Earthseed” by Tim Short.  The futuristic mural was inspired the artist’s reading of Octavia Butler’s Parable duology. Find it on the side of Squash Blossom.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Shop at our beloved, black-owned businesses in Decatur. Browse for new reads for youngsters at Brave and Kind Books. Owner Bonnie Hillard stocks the shelves with diverse stories that inspire bravery and kindness everyday. Get your glow on with lush, green beauty at Olive Branch Wellness. Owner Ty Jenkins focuses on all-natural, vegan, and organic skincare that will make your skin oh-so-happy. Find a new ‘fit. Squash Blossom Boutique’s owner Lisa Bob curates artistic, whimsical women’s fashion, and Bleu Hanger features bold prints and flirty silhouettes.

Looking for something sweet? Taste test The Cereal Lab, Lenox Cupcakes, and Diamond Dust Cupcakes.

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