NAACP Hosts Juneteenth Celebration Saturday

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/14 2014 12:59PM

Updated 06/14 2014 10:05PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A Juneteenth celebration hosted by the Springfield chapter of the NAACP is held in remembrance of the end of slavery in the United States, June 14.

The NAACP, Midtown Carnegie Branch Library, City of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and the Missouri State University, Division for Diversity & Inclusion invite the public to join the Juneteenth festivities as they remember the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

This event is from 11 am until 5 pm at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Tx. with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

"We will share our nation's history that continues to influence our society today. By acknowledging the experiences of others we embrace the past as well as the future. Only through unity, respect, and appreciation can we become a united community, “said Cheryl Clay, president of the Springfield NAACP.

Activities for adults and children will include games, music, skits, food, dance performance by Grupo Latino Americano, and informational booths. The Springfield Greene County Library District's book mobile will be also on site.

Enoch's Barbecue will be selling barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, and sodas.

(Tune in at 9 and 10 pm for additional coverage from KOLR10's Grant Sloan)

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