An evening to celebrate the launch of The African American Heritage & Cultural Center and JUNETEENTH Celebrate the launch of The African American Heritage & Cultural Center of New Bern. JUNETEENTH, June 19 is chosen because of its historic significance. JUNETEENTH commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The Center will work with organizations and groups to present events & programs celebrating the historic impact and progress of African American heritage and culture in Eastern North Carolina. It starts in 2019! Live Dance. Theater. Musical Performances & Concerts. Food Festivals. Family and Community Activities. Art Exhibits and Guest Artist Forums. Oral History Interviews. Storytelling. Exhibits of Personal Artifacts & Family Collections. This event welcomes all to support The Center and its events.