Mercer County will celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday at West Lane Park, located at 345 West Lane with events starting at 10 a.m.
A pre-celebration will be held Friday, June 18 at the park with a movie and street dance at dusk.
The US House passed legislation Wednesday, June 16, that would establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, sending the bill to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
The thirteenth amendment, which freed the slaves in the United States, took effect on January 1, 1863, but since the civil war didn’t end until 1865 confederate slaves didn’t experience freedom until June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is celebrated as the commemoration of that freedom.
The commemoration started in Galveston, Texas in 1865 after news of emancipation was brought to the town by Union soldiers. The observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States.
Mercer County’s celebration on Saturday, June 19, 2021, titled, “The Heart of Kentucky Juneteenth Celebration” will include:
10 a.m. Prayer Walk
12 p.m. Mercer and Boyle County Proclamations
12 p.m. James Atkins, Speaker
12 p.m. Lydia Ellis, Performance
1 p.m. Charlie Booker, Speaker
1:30 p.m. Milward Dedman/Daniel Whitley, Speakers
2 p.m. Choir Performance
2:15p.m. Praise Dance
2:30p.m. Craig Yeast/Corn Hole Tournament Begins
3 p.m. James Ross, Speaker
3:30p.m. King Dame, Performance
4 p.m. Tobi Brown, Speaker
4:30p.m. Zeta/Spades Games Start
5 p.m. Chief Tony Gray, Speaker
6 p.m. Softball Game begins
8 p.m. Heather Romero, Comedian
9 p.m. Vigil
9:30 p.m. Fire Works
10 p.m. Movie
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