Entertainment by gospel choirs, rhythm and blues bands, African drumming, dancers and vocalists will be featured during the Juneteenth Celebration to be held June 21 in Rupert Bell Park, 1501 Mt. Zion Place, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will also be activities for children, health screenings, community organization displays and merchandise and food vendors. The festival is family-oriented, free and open to the public.
Other Juneteenth activities include a Juneteenth Art Exhibition June 16 - July 20 at the Artists Market, 289 West Fifth St.; and a jazz concert at 7 p.m. July 19 featuring Joe Robinson in the Sawtooth Building, 226 S. Marshall St., to benefit the Amani Children’s Foundation. Tickets are $25.
Juneteenth celebrates the country's longest-running observance of the abolition of slavery. It commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, after Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas. They were the last slaves to learn of their freedom. Initially celebrated in Texas, where it is now observed as a state holiday, the celebration of Juneteenth has gradually spread.
This year’s Juneteenth festivities are being organized by Triad Cultural Arts and co-sponsored by the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission. Other sponsors include Dell Inc., Reynolds American, Rep. Larry Womble, Coca-Cola Community Connection, the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, Ujamaa Merchants United Inc., the Winston-Salem State University Center for Community Safety and Union Baptist Church.
For more information call (336) 793-7462 or visit www.triadculturalarts.org
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