June 27, 2015
Stowe Park, 24 S. Main Street, Belmont, NC
2pm - 9pm
The celebration will be held at Stowe Park, located on Main Street in downtown Belmont. The Juneteenth celebration will feature local entertainers, artifacts, a variety of vendors and food. This event is free and open to everyone.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth today, celebrates African American freedom and achievement, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures. As it takes on a more national, symbolic and even global perspective, the events of 1865 in Texas are not forgotten, for all of the roots tie back to this fertile soil from which a national day of pride is growing (www.juneteenth.com).
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