Music, drama, step teams and African dance, drumming and mime will be featured during the Juneteenth Celebration to be held June 20 at Winston Lake Park, 2801 New Walkertown Road, from noon to 7 p.m.
There will also be activities for children, health screenings, an exhibition by local artists, period costumes and merchandise and food vendors. The festival is family-oriented, free and open to the public.
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.
Other Juneteenth events include a series of lectures at the Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, 1110 East Seventh Street:
- June 17, 2 p.m. Living History of Enslaved African Women.
- June 18, 2 & 6:30 p.m. Slavery in Forsyth County and “Colored Confederates & United States Colored Troops.”
- June 19, 2 p.m. Community Forum: Taking Responsibility for Building Our Own Community.
A Juneteenth worship service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at old St. Philips Church, 911 S. Church Street in Old Salem, recreating the gathering in the church in 1865 when the General Orders were read declaring the slave population free.
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 Food Lion, 90.5 WSNC, Coca-Cola, Mechanics and Farmer’s Bank, the Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department, The Winston Lake Family YMCA, Union Baptist Church, Galilee Baptist Church, the Forsyth County Library, and N.C. Rep. Larry W. Womble.
For more information call 723-1488 or visit the Triad Cultural Arts web site.