2016 Juneteenth



June 18th - 23rd

All events are free and open to the community.

For questions, email   Summerhillheritage@gmail.com.

Visit our website for a full schedule of events at  www.SummerHillHeritageGroup.org

Juneteenth 2019 Schedule

Tuesday, June 18th:

Juneteenth Proclamation Signing, Location: Frank Moore Administration and Judicial Center (new courthouse), Commissioners Conference Room, 10am

Wednesday, June 19th:

Community Bible Study with Dr. Lugenia Johnson, St. Luke A.M.E. - Location: Summer Hill Complex, 6pm-8pm

Thursday, June 20th:

African American Downtown Historic Walking Tour with Etowah Bush School, Location: Carfersville Train Depot,

7 Friendship Plaza, Warn & 2pm

Thursday, June 20th:

The State of the Black Family Townhall Discussion: Discovering the strengths and vulnerabilities of the Black Family with Reverend John Lampley, Mt. Zion Baptist, Location: Summer Hill Complex, 6pm-8pm

Friday, June 21st:

Education & Career Fair with Opening Keynote by Gloria Calhoun, Harvesting Scholars, Location: Aubrey Street Gymnasium, 4pm-7pm

Saturday, June 22nd:

Summer Hill Clean Up & Flower Planting, Location: Summer Hill Complex, 8 am- 11am

Saturday, June 22nd:


Movie on the Green:  The Best of  Enemies,

Location: Summer Hill Complex, 8pm- 10pm


The Summerhill Heritage Group Presents - JUNETEENTH 2019

Juneteenth is the African American celebration of freedom from slavery in the American South.

Join us as we reminisce on the past, discuss the present,  and contemplate on the future.

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The School

Established by Ronald Johnson in 1889, Summer Hill School was a wood framed Rosenwald structure of white clapboard with only a few rooms.  Summer Hill School opened its doors with only 55 students from grades one 1 - 8


After the higher grades were added, the lower grades remained in the old building and grades 9-12 were moved to the new building at the bottom of the hill which was named Summer Hill High School. Summer Hill High School was the only high school that blacks could attend during this period in Bartow County.  Renovated and reopened to the public, the Summer Hill Complex now has a museum.


The Community

The Summer Hill community included black entrepreneurs and businesses, social and civic organizations, the Summer Hill PTA, churches and Slab Stadium which hosted black baseball teams and served as a business anchor to the community.

The Experience

The Students mostly learned from the worn out books they could not take home to study.  Jim Crow laws forced blacks to live "behind the veil" in the words of W.E.B. Du Bois and Civil Rights was mostly a civil fight.  But through it all, this village - Summer Hill - raised happy, intelligent and culturally diverse people who have a rich history to tell.