About us

Founded in 1996 by The African American Historical Society of Alaska (AAHSA), Juneteenth Alaska is backed with 11 years of industry experience.

Juneteenth Alaska provides the community with research, cultural contributions, the history, and movements of the African American people as well as providing an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their products  and services.

AAHSA is a designated tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization, established in 1995.  The organization was created by a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving and promoting the achievements of early African Americans in Alaska’s unique history as well as their general history.

Officers:

 

Gwendolyn Alexander

President

 

Jerome Smith

Vice President/Secretary

 

Jada Alexander

Treasurer

 

Vera Hart

Director

 

Charles Alexander

Director

 

Shirley Shadboldt

Director

 

Jada Alexander

Director

 

Danny Williams

Director

 

AAHSA Event Committee:

 

Al Cramer

Alitha Adkins

Bishop Dave Thomas

Charles Alexander

Danny Williams

Gwen Alexander

Jada Alexander

Jameelah Batton

Jasmine Corley

Jean Pollard

Jerome Smith

Marla Hoelscher

Pamela Thomas

Schanel Pollard

Shirley Shadbolt

Stoney Kuhns

 

 

We are currently sponsoring the following community activities:

 

  • Emancipation Day Observance Day, January 1st
  • African American History in Alaska
  • Fundraising Banquet for the Juneteenth Celebration
  • The Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Anchorage, AK
  • Support of the National Juneteenth Committee petition to declare “Juneteenth” as a National Holiday
  • Ms. Juneteenth Pageant.                 Open to African American females age 19-23
  • Fundraiser for Sickle Cell Research
  • Annual Juneteenth Conference
  • Miss Diversity Pageant.                 Open to females age 6-40
  • Mix-It-Up Lunch, sponsored by AAHSA at Dimond High School in conjunction with the Multiculture Club
  • Special events for recognition of African American contributions here in Alaska
  • The restoration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Monument downtown

The African American Historical Society is motivated to accomplish our goals set for the millennium.  We are courageously striving to leave a monumental legacy for our families and community.  Our most important accomplishment is the part we played in the passing of House Bill HB100.  A state bill that gave recognition to the third Saturday of June as “Juneteenth Day” in Alaska.  AAHSA has coordinated the Juneteenth event from 1996 until 2004 and co-hosted in 2005 with the Municipality and other community organizations.  We returned to the Park Strip to coordinate and host the Juneteenth United Celebration 2007.

 

Through city wide celebrations and events, we can educate the general public about the significant history and the real meaning of Juneteenth as well as  the accomplishments of African Americans.  Hopefully, the tradition can be passed down through each generation, stomping out the ugly face of racism.  Our Juneteenth Celebration has always solicited participation from the community at large, of any and all nationalities.

 

We wish to express our gratitude to all of the faithful sponsors, supporters and patrons to our events.  We realize that your continued support is the key to our past, present and future success.  Remember, “It is only by working together that we can make it work!”.

If you know a bit of Alaskan African American history and you would like to share it with us, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you.