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Juneteenth Events

Juneteenth 2021 Events

Juneteenth Writing Contest 

Mid Penn Bank recognizes the significance of Juneteenth in African American History & Culture.  They hope to inspire today’s youth to share how Juneteenth resonates with them and to further discussion around civil rights in America.

  • First Place – $500 Cash Prize
  • Second Place – $300 Cash Prize
  • Third Place – $200 Cash Prize
  • Five Honorable Mentions – $100 Cash Prize each

Deadline to submit: May 20, 2022 | Winners notified: June 9, 2022


Mid Penn Bank,
ATTN: Juneteenth Writing Contest,
2405 Park Drive,
Harrisburg, PA 17110



Click here for more information and to apply.

RULES/REGULATIONS: Work must be original. Open to anyone in grades 6-12 during the 2021-2022 school year. Entries should not exceed 1500 words. Entries may be accepted electronically or by mail. Author must reside in one of the following counties that make up Mid Penn Bank’s footprint to win: Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montgomery, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Westmoreland. Employees of Mid Penn Bank, or their family members, are not eligible to win. Winner(s) will be notified by phone and email.


Are you celebrating Juneteenth? Let us know what’s happening and we’ll work together and promote it! Please email to get started.


The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.

Through the Emancipation Proclamation became official on January 1, 1863, word did not make it to Texas until June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing. The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states come on board and form local committees and organizations to coordinate the activities. Communication and networking are vital.

Juneteenth commemorates the true end of slavery in the United States and the Crispus Attucks Community Center & Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County is proud to present a line-up of events in celebration of this important milestone in our country’s history.