June 19th is Juneteenth...but what is Juneteenth?
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This year’s Juneteenth event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park on Beach City Road. The park was the site of the first self-governing village of liberated slaves during the Civil War.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, which occurred on June 19, 1865.
Along with interactive experiences significant to the “era of Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era,” attendees can watch musicians including Studdard, Just A Few Cats with Alvin Garrett, Latrese Bush, Logan the Entertainer, Marlena Smalls, and the Hallelujuah Singers, according to the event’s Facebook page.
General admission tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are free.
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