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2023 Program

June 16, 2023 | 3:00 p.m. ET


William & Mary kicked off the local area's Juneteenth Weekend on its campus at the Sadler Center on June 16, 2023. The event featured a program in the Sadler Center's Chesapeake rooms at 3 p.m. and included the following: 

  • Land acknowledgement, read by Kennedy Byrd '26
  • Statement on slavery and its legacies, read by Kenneth Ferguson ‘25
  • Oratory reading by Bettina Ross
  • Welcome by Chon Glover, W&M Chief Diversity Officer
  • Remarks by Barb Ramsey, City of Williamsburg Council Member
  • "What is Juneteenth?" by Ghana Smith, W&M Financial Systems Specialist
  • "The Food of Juneteenth" by Andre Taylor, W&M Oral Historian
  • Elegba Folklore Society performance
  • Poetry reading by Shawna Allston ‘24
  • Musical selection by Kendall Gonzales
  • Poetry reading by Ethan Stewart ‘25
  • Musical selection by Lisa Williamson
Participating Vendors

W&M's Juneteenth celebration also included a variety of local vendors in the Tidewater rooms of the Sadler Center. Those vendors included:

  • Creatively Candy
  • 1940 Redesign/Blacks in the Apps
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
  • AT&T
  • Bouquet of Perfumes
  • Buttarcups
  • Casey's Art
  • Defined Arts & Entertainment LLC
  • Divine Beauty Jewelry (Paparazzi)
  • E.J Management Services LLC
  • Israel United In Christ
  • Jeter
  • League of Women Voters-Williamsburg area
  • Leah Glenn Dance Theatre
  • Lucky Box Accessories
  • Parties Galore Cakes & More
  • Purely Sunnah, LLC
  • Scratch Bakery
  • Simply Unique T-shirts & Portraits, LLC
  • The Image Chicks, LLC
  • William & Mary Bray School Lab
  • William & Mary Spirit Shop and Bookstore
  • Your Essentials
Juneteenth T-shirt

The W&M Juneteenth committee also sold Juneteenth T-shirts at the event for $16 each. They were available in green or gold, as shown below.

Juneteenth T-shirts

Juneteenth Celebration 2022

William & Mary celebrated Juneteenth in person for the first time at the site of Hearth: Memorial to the Enslaved on June 17, 2022. It was one of several events in the Williamsburg area that weekend in honor of Juneteenth.