JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION – JUNE 19, 2021
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Douglass High School Complex, 115 Forrest St.
Hosted by No More Shackles Empowerment Mentoring Program, Inc. in partnership with the Douglass High School Alumni Association, Thomas County Branch of the NAACP, City of Thomasville and One Heartbeat, Inc.
Come learn about the achievements and struggles for freedom of African Americans, while gaining a better understanding and respect for African American culture and history. This event is about building unity in our community by breaking through judgements and barriers of all types.
This free community-wide event includes live entertainment featuring the Essence Band, a Car Show by the Guyton Brothers, free health screenings, COVID-19 vaccines (provided by Archbold Medical Center), informational displays, vendors, kids’ activities, and much more!
What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas, and commemorates the anniversary of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army General Gordon Granger that the Civil War was over and that the enslaved were now free. While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation officially outlawed slavery in the United States on January 1, 1863, the announcement relied on Union troops to help spread the news. Unfortunately, this historic news did not reach many – including the citizens of Texas - for some time. As the news of freedom spread, celebrations occurred throughout the country. In later years, descendants of those who first participated in those historic celebrations soon began referring to the occasion as ‘Juneteenth.’
Juneteenth, which has also been referred to as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Emancipation Day, has come to commemorate the official end of slavery in the United States. Celebrating Juneteenth has become synonymous with celebrating freedom. For additional information, click here or call (229) 221-6265.