Juneteenth Celebration set for June 13-15 in Statesville
Special to SVLfreenews.com
The Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Statesville, hosted by the Juneteenth Community Planning Committee of Statesville, will take place June 13-15. This year there will be three days of educational workshops and community fun in celebration of this very special day in history.
The Juneteenth Celebration commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas, first received word of the Emancipation Proclamation abolishing slavery, which was originally issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.
Today, Juneteenth celebrates African-American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
The Juneteenth Celebration will kick off again this year at Mitchell Committee College's Shearer Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Scheduled to appear this year will be guest speaker, professor, consultant, author, and advocate Melissa Harris-Perry. The focus of the program will be on businesses within the community.
On Friday, June 14, a Juneteenth Re-enactment Play will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Unity Building, 1145 Salisbury Road, Statesville. Refreshments will be served. The winners of the Juneteenth Essay Contest will also be announced.
The crowning event of the weekend will be the Juneteenth Celebration from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at 500 South Center Street, Statesville. Great local vendors, fabulous food, superior local talent, prizes and so much more are planned for this annual event.
For up to date information visit https://www.facebook.com/JuneteenthStatesville/ or call (704) 500-3042 or (704) 657-6609.