Programs & Events

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2024 Special Events Calendar

Monroe Latin Fest 2024

Music on Main Legacy Motown Revue

Music on Main 2024 Lineup Flyer

Car Cruise-In 2024 Lineup Flyer

Easter Eggstravaganza - Always one (1) weekend prior to Easter Sunday each year, dates may vary (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Parks Williams Athletic Complex

Fourth of July Celebration - July 4th, weather permitting (5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) on Main Street in Downtown Monroe; Fireworks are displayed on July 4th each year in Downtown Monroe

Halloween Happenings Annual Fall Festival - Third Saturday in October each year, dates may vary (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) in Downtown Monroe

Christmas Tree Lighting - First Saturday in December, dates may vary (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) in Downtown Monroe

Car Cruise-In - Second Friday in April through October (6 p.m.) in Downtown Monroe

Juneteenth - Typically the second Saturday of June in Belk Tonawanda Park. Dates and times will vary.

Music on Main - Fourth Friday in April through September on Main Street in Downtown Monroe




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See below for great suggestions of activities to do from home.  We have compiled these websites to assist you with providing your child or yourself with fun and enriching activities to do while at home.


Fun Science Experiments

Arts and Crafts

Fun Arts and Crafts Projects


Fun S.T.E.M. based activities

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Fun Gardening Activities


Fun Physical Activities


Afterschool participants

Juneteenth History Trail

Click on each step of the trail to learn more about the history of Juneteenth!

The History of Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. The name combines "June" and "nineteenth." The holiday commemorates the day in 1865 when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the Civil War, proclaiming freedom for the enslaved people. This announcement came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863.

The 13th Amendment link

The 13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on December 6, 1865, abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. This amendment marked a significant turning point in American history, legally freeing millions of African Americans from bondage and making slavery unconstitutional. It was a crucial step in the nation's efforts to establish civil rights and equality for all citizens, laying the groundwork for future legislation aimed at ending racial discrimination.

The 14th Amendment link

The 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on July 9, 1868, granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, including former enslaved people. It also guaranteed equal protection under the law and due process to all citizens, significantly expanding civil rights and liberties. This amendment was pivotal in shaping American legal and social landscapes, providing a foundation for landmark Supreme Court decisions that advanced civil rights, including desegregation and voting rights.

The 15th Amendment link

The 15th Amendment

The 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified on February 3, 1870, granted African American men the right to vote by prohibiting federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. This amendment was a monumental achievement in the fight for civil rights, aiming to ensure that the political power of newly freed African Americans would be recognized and protected. Despite initial resistance and the implementation of discriminatory practices like poll taxes and literacy tests, the 15th Amendment laid the groundwork for future voting rights advancements.

John Adams Hyman link

John Adams Hyman

John Adams Hyman was a pioneering African American politician and a prominent figure during the Reconstruction era. Born into slavery in North Carolina in 1840, he gained his freedom and pursued education with determination. Hyman became the first African American to represent North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1875 to 1877. His election symbolized significant progress in African American political representation and civil rights during a time of transformative change in the United States.

The Ross Verdict video link

The Ross Verdict

At the turn of the 20th century, two wealthy antebellum white sisters in Marvin, N.C., wrote a will leaving their 800-acre homeplace to Bob Ross, a Black man, and his daughter Mittie Bell Ross Houston who had grown up in their home. Maggie and Sallie Ross made the bequest while violence and voter suppression dominated race relations in the culture around them. When the will was revealed, more than 100 of their cousins challenged it, asserting that the bequest proved that Maggie Ross was mentally incompetent to make a will. Two white juries in Monroe upheld the will in the 1920s. The Charlotte Observer wrote, "Perhaps not greater temptation was ever placed before a jury to break a will, but it made bold to establish justice for Negroes and write a triumph for the law." Their significant participation in the cotton economy empowered other Black families in the area to become landowning farmers.

Brown vs Board of Education link

Brown vs. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark Supreme Court case decided in 1954, declared that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, overturning the "separate but equal" doctrine established by Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. This decision was a crucial victory in the civil rights movement, paving the way for integration and furthering the fight against racial discrimination. 

The Civil Rights Act link

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that was enacted on July 2, 1964. This comprehensive law outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, and ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination. It was a pivotal achievement of the civil rights movement, spearheaded by leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr.

The Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law on August 6, 1965, is a piece of federal legislation in the United States that aimed to eliminate racial discrimination in voting. It was enacted in response to widespread voter suppression tactics used primarily in the South, such as literacy tests and poll taxes, which disproportionately affected African Americans. The Act empowered the federal government to oversee voter registration and elections in areas with a history of discrimination and ensured that all citizens, regardless of race, had the right to vote. This legislation significantly strengthened the democratic process and was a critical milestone in the civil rights movement, ensuring the enforcement of the 15th Amendment's guarantee of voting rights.

Early Black Enterprise of Monroe, NC: A Survey (1920s & Prior)

This annotated list will be in order by the type of business and then alphabetically by either the name of the business or the last name of the person. 

Early Black Enterprise Map