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Orientation is HERE!

Bypass the Application Fee & Attend Orientation.

Are you the next Miss Juneteenth Virginia?

Join us at one of several Orientation sessions to gain insight on how YOU can compete for the 2024 State Queen and move on to the National Competition. The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant will choose up to 15 young ladies from across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Are YOU ready to magnify your AUTHENTIC self?

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Fort Monroe Virginia
Hey Queens,

Welcome to the Miss Juneteenth VA
Legacy Pageant™. 

Resilient. Diverse. Infinitely Magical.

Juneteenth represents a historical period in our nation's history, the emancipation of slavery.  Virginia holds a special place in history.  Virginia played a major role that led to a chain of events that affected the emancipation of all enslaved people.  Virginia is where the first documented Africans arrived in 1619 via the Portuguese pirate ship, the White Lion.  Virginia is also where emancipation gained ground during the Civil War at Old Point Comfort (present-day Fort Monroe) in Hampton, Virginia.  

Fast forward to the present day, Juneteenth commemorates and memorializes the journeys our Ancestors endured on their quest for freedom, education, and independence.  The Miss Juneteenth Virginia Legacy Pageant, in partnership with the Miss Juneteenth USA national pageant program, aims to highlight our strengths, talents, and accomplishments while elevating and empowering Black America's youth to "unleash their greatness" in our shared futures as a community and a people.  The organization is a platform that cultivates African American culture through cultural awareness and mentorship while providing gateways of opportunities for young African American women of color.  


Emancipated, Elevated, & Empowered.

"Our Unity is our strength and our Diversity is our power."

Kamala Harris, Madam Vice President of the United States of America

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Meet The 1st Miss Juneteenth Virginia 

The Crown Jewel of the Commonwealth

High School Student Miss Sunshine Huggins of Smithfield, VA, was crowned in Williamsburg, Virginia on June 19th, 2023.  Miss Huggins is a rising senior at Smithfield High School who plans to minor in surgical technology coupled with a four-year degree in Music Therapy.

She advocates for truth, nature, and mental wellness for youth across the Commonwealth. Ultimately, she believes that Virginia should be "front and center" for Juneteenth initiatives because so many "firsts" occurred here on our shores. Such as, the very first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to the Southern States was delivered under the Emancipation Oak here in Hampton, VA. 

Sunshine will represent the Commonwealth of Virginia at the National Miss Juneteenth USA Scholarship Pageant as she continues to elevate Virginia's role in Emancipation,  Juneteenth Commemoration, and the "Story of Us."

Fun Facts:

  • She has been playing the Harp since age 5

  • Loves Fruit

  • Favorite Genre of Music: R&B

"You are the product of your Ancestor's wildest dreams!"

Sunshine Huggins, Inaugural 2023  Miss Juneteenth Virginia  

Myja Gary, Miss Juneteenth Advisor

Home Grown

Meet Myja!

Hailing from Chesterfield, VA, she went on to #ClaimTheCrown in the Miss Black USA pageant. Myja's accomplisments don't end there. She is a graduate of North Carolina AT&T, an accomplished host, and produces her own ON-FIRE podcast series that "intentionally and unapologetically" focuses on uplifting Black women of all ages.  

Follow & Subscribe to "Ask Myja" for your daily dose of inspiration and soul tea.  Visit her website below to engage in this Queen's realm of endless possibilities.

*As an added bonus, all contestants will be professionally coached by Miss Black USA herself during the Pageant required workshops! 💛

"You are the product of your Ancestor's wildest dreams!"

Sunshine Huggins, Inaugural 2023  Miss Juneteenth Virginia  




Journey along with us to explore the many treasures of the African American culture. Learn about hidden gems all across the Commonwealth that assist in Cultural Awareness, Historic Education, and our many thriving communities from past to present. 

Pre-Applications are currently being accepted into the Miss Juneteenth 2024 Legacy season. Apply today.



Join our #DefyThe Odds social campaign that uplifts and elevates your individual accomplishments.  Your boldness, your joy, and your undeniable uniqueness are worthy of celebration. 

Continue being BOLD,

Continue being FIERCE, &

Continue being unapologetically YOU


No matter the obstacles that may lie ahead on your life's journey,  KNOW that you were molded from out of greatness and you unequivocally matter! 

Let us know how YOU are "defying the odds" YOUR Way!

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Upcoming Events

Miss Juneteenth Virginia Orientation  (1)
Miss Juneteenth Virginia Orientation  (1)
Nov 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Online Orientation Session
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The Miss Juneteenth Legacy Pageant is a subsidiary of the Juneteenth 757FreedomFest™, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the preliminary pipeline to the Miss Juneteenth USA™ national pageant.  We appreciate your contribution and impact.

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