Celebrate Juneteenth with Black businesses


The NAACP Martha’s Vineyard branch is partnering with the digital magazine Experience Martha’s Vineyard to promote the first ever Martha’s Vineyard Black Restaurant and Retail Week. The event will run from Friday, June 18, to Sunday, June 27.

“Black Restaurant and Retail Week is going to help get the word out about these Black owned businesses that many Islanders and visitors may not even know exists,” Arthur Hardy-Doubleday, President of the NAACP Martha’s Vineyard Branch, said in a press release. 

Juneteenth is now a state holiday. It celebrates June 19, 1863, when “General Order Number 3 ‘freed’ the slaves in Texas,” according to the release.

“I am thrilled that the NAACP Martha’s Vineyard Branch is partnering with ExperienceMVY.com for this celebratory week in honor of Juneteenth by supporting our local Black owned business community” said India Rose, the founder of Experience Martha’s Vineyard, in a press release. 

All Martha’s Vineyard residents and visitors are encouraged to take part in the social media contest for a chance to win a gift card sponsored by the NAACP. “Take a photo of yourself and/or your group dining at a participating restaurant and tag your location, @experiencemvy, @naacpmv, and include the hashtags #MVBlackPages #ExperienceMVY & #NAACPMV on Facebook or Instagram to be entered to win a $150 gift card to a Black-owned restaurant of your choice,” the release states. For a chance to win a $100 gift card to a Black-owned restaurant, “Post a photo of yourself with a receipt from a participating retailer of $25 or more and tag your location, @experiencemvy, @naacpmv, and include the hashtags #MVBlackPages #ExperienceMVY & #NAACPMV on Facebook or Instagram.” 

A directory of Black-owned businesses from Experience Martha’s Vineyard can be found at http://bit.ly/MVdirectory.


  1. Typo alert: It’s 1863, not 1963. “The celebration [Juneteenth] commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were told more than two years later that enslaved African Americans had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.”

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