According to Juneteenth.com, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Today, Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities, and nationalities – as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend.
Clayton County’s Juneteenth Freedom Festival will take place at Lee Street Park from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.
“We invite local families and advocates to join us on Juneteenth for inspiration and appreciation during this time of celebration,” LaDonna Hampton, Community Organizer, said in a press release.
The event will include music, food, vendors, and lots of fun for the entire family.