For the second year in a row, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House in New Bedford will be the site of a Juneteenth Black in Business Pop-Up Outdoor Market presented by Buy Black NB.

The market will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free for all to attend.  There will be children's activities, live music, raffle prizes and Father's Day messages for dads. All are invited to shop a curated selection of local Black-owned businesses.

Juneteenth, also known as Black Independence Day, commemorates June 19, 1865, when news of the official end of slavery in the United States finally reached Galveston, Texas. News of the announcement didn't make it to the town until two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.

Photo by SVBSIDE
Photo by SVBSIDE

Justina Perry, the founder and director of Buy Black NB said: "We're hosting a space that welcomes and uplifts local, talented creatives. Part of our mission is to circulate money into the community. We do this by empowering ownership, collaboration, and community building."

Buy Black NB is a free community platform established in 2020 as a way to promote Black-owned businesses on the SouthCoast. Buy Black NB hosts year-round events with a hand-selected, diverse group of local vendors.

According to a press release about the event, the project received a Wicked Cool Places grant facilitated by New Bedford Creative at the NBEDC, and funded by the City of New Bedford's Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, with additional support from Bristol County Savings Bank, Barr Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, and Mass Development's TDI Creative Cities Initiative.

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