Through art creation, fundraising and festivals, local commemoration of Juneteenth expanded this year. Some Bay Area events, like the Freedom Celebration in San Francisco’s historically Black Fillmore District, have thrived for decades. Others, like Justice Vanguard’s third Los Altos Juneteenth Festival, have just begun to grow.


Jessica Punzalan, Local Color’s creative services manager, lays out prints available for sale at the Juneteenth Pop-Up gallery in downtown Mountain View on Friday.

In Mountain View, a weekend of racial justice public art on display at the Odd Fellows Lodge on Castro Street continued a mural series begun during the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020. Local Color, a San Jose-based nonprofit supporting artists of color, co-produced the installation with SURJ at Sacred Heart, a racial justice group active in Mountain View. The art pop-up sold prints from the mural series to support their creators and raise proceeds for a variety of local anti-racist projects.


Mountain View resident Leslie Zieger volunteers at the collaborative Juneteenth pop-up gallery fundraising for local racial justice causes this weekend. 



Eliza Ridgeway edits the Food & Wine, Camps, Bridal, Celebrations and Beyond the Classroom sections at the Town Crier, as well as reporting for all sections of the paper.

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