Join the Mariners for a special night at the ballpark as we salute the history and contributions of the Negro Leagues as part of our Juneteenth celebration. The Mariners will don the uniforms of the 1946 Seattle Steelheads. Arrive early for a special pregame that includes a musical performance by local rock singer-guitarist Ayron Jones and a ceremonial first pitch by Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
The Seattle Mariners join our community in recognizing and celebrating Juneteenth, a 155-year old holiday commemorating the liberation of Black men, women, and children in the U.S. in 1865.
We celebrate, honor, and reflect on the gravity of Juneteenth. While we encourage celebration, we engage in thoughtful reflection and take this time as an opportunity to uplift Black voices by using our platform to advocate for and accelerate equitable outcomes for members of the Black community. The Seattle Mariners will remain relentless in ensuring our communities are places where everyone can thrive through a sustained commitment to dismantling systems of oppression.
The Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) has a week-long schedule of community-focused programming as part of their “Juneteenth Week” celebration. Kicking off on June 13th and concluding on June 21st, NAAM’s “Juneteenth Week” features nine days of educational programming for people of all ages. Featured events include both in-person activations at various locations throughout Seattle, as well as online events that are accessible to audiences everywhere.
The Northwest African American Museum and Rec'N The Streets (City of Seattle Parks & Rec) are hosting a Juneteenth Jamboree full of family fun, recreation, and activity. The Mariners are proud to join our friends at the Sounders, Seahawks, Kraken, and Storm in joining NAAM to celebrate this event.
NAAM’s Juneteenth Jamboree will feature:
- Live performances
- Live storytime
- Knowledge is Power Book Giveaway
- COVID-19 vaccinations and education
- Blood pressure screenings and mental health tools
- Live demonstrations, education, and horseback rides from Seattle Buffalo Soldiers
- Food, Music, and More!
The Mariners are honored to partner with the NAAM for a week-long Juneteenth Celebration. NAAM's mission is to spread knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of the histories, arts, and cultures of people of African descent for the enrichment of all. The museum strives to honor the experience of the African American Community in the Pacific Northwest through exploration of the journey to the region, establishment of the "vibrant community," and the "ways in which we have survived."
The Mariners are a proud sponsor of BlackPast, which is a resource dedicated to providing reliable and accurate information on the history of African American presence around the world. The website includes access to educational resources, biographies, and more.
The Negro League Baseball Museum is America's home for Negro Leagues History. Established in a one-room office in 1990, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) is a privately funded, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball and its profound impact on the social advancement of America.
The Mariners organization encourage continued learning and education on Juneteenth and the importance of celebrating its history.