Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Presents

Amplify Black Voices: Juneteenth on the Plaza

Saturday, June 15 from 11 to 2 pm

Lincoln City – On Saturday, June 15, the new outdoor spaces of the Cultural Plaza will be filled with food, music, information and family activities, at Lincoln City’s second annual Juneteenth Celebration. This year’s event, presented by Lincoln City Parks & Recreation in partnership with local nonprofits, will begin at 11 am at the Plaza, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Parking and admission will be free, as will the barbecue picnic lunch, while supplies last.  

The theme for this year’s Freedom Day picnic is “Amplify Black Voices.” The keynote address will be given by Zachary Stocks, executive director of Oregon Black Pioneers, at 11:45 am. Also providing history and context to this national and state holiday will be Roderick Fields, a substance abuse counselor based in Yuba City, California. These guest speakers will share the dais with state Rep. David Gomberg and Lincoln City Mayor Susan Wahlke.  

The collaborative event is supported by Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Driftwood Public Library, Explore Lincoln City & the North Lincoln County Historical Museum. It’s supported by a grant from the Explore Lincoln City Community Partnership Program, with additional contributions from the Friends of Driftwood Library, Surfland Hotel and The Coho Oceanfront Lodge.   

Providing the soundtrack for Lincoln City’s Juneteenth party will be Jimi Hardin and Hip Deep, featuring Rebecca Westby. Hardin, the drummer and band leader, will be playing songs from the Motown and Stax songbooks along with five musicians (guitar, bass, keyboard and two vocalists). They’re planning two sets on the east side of the Cultural Center in the Kiwanis Outdoor Art Classroom.  

The free BBQ lunch will be catered by Phill’s Smoke/N/Grill and Pat-E-Mac’s, locally-based Black owned businesses. Food will be served while supplies last. The event will also feature: 

  • * The opening of a new exhibit on the life of Letitia Carson, a 19th century farmer and homesteader in the Willamette Valley, one of the first Black women to settle in Oregon. These informational panels, curated by Oregon Black Pioneers, will be on display in the Cultural Center hallway through July 15; 
  • * Children’s art kits, assembled by the volunteers of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, that celebrate the legacy and accomplishments of Louis Southworth, a Black pioneer on the Alsea River, near Waldport; 
  • * Children’s books on Black history and culture, provided by the Driftwood Public Library; 
  • * A table of local history and resources, presented by event partner the North Lincoln County Historical Museum; 
  • * A prize table and children’s games, sponsored by the Lincoln City Parks & Recreation Department and Explore Lincoln City.  

“This event is meant to bring people together, inspire and educate on what Juneteenth means in American history as well as to celebrate this crucial date in our country,” Teri O’Malley, Recreation Supervisor for Lincoln City Parks & Recreation said. “We are so excited that many organizations partnered and worked together to make this happen. We are especially grateful to the Lincoln City Cultural Center for hosting this event as we break ground on the new park that we hope will become its new home in future years.” 

Event Schedule: 

11 am — Introduction and welcoming remarks, Jimi Harden & Hip Deep Featuring Rebecca Westby 

11:30 am — Free BBQ lunch, while supplies last 

11:45 am — Speakers 

12:15 pm — Jimi Harden & Hip Deep Featuring Rebecca Westby 

2 pm Event ends