Historic Mitchelville will be brought to life on Hilton Head Island for one day at a Juneteenth Celebration next month.
The June 20 event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first Juneteenth Celebration in Texas, which marked the end of slavery in the United States. It was 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in much of the country.
The Mitchelville Preservation Project is inviting visitors back in time for a reconstruction of a typical day in historic Mitchellville. The event, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fish Haul Park, will include the unveiling of several temporary structures and interactive experiences replicating the town as it was in 1862.
"A lot of people know about Mitchelville, but don't know the important and how much history played into the Civil War," project director Joyce Wright said. "There's so much culture and history down here."
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Visitors can interact with historical re-enactors like Harriet Tubman, as well as enjoy performances by Marlena Smalls, Anita Prather, the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters and Lavon Stevens.
"Hopefully we'll have a great day," Wright said.
Food and bevegerages will be available for purchase. Chairs are welcome since seating will be limited.
Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
Tickets are available at mitchelvillepreservationproject.org.
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