FORT WAYNE—The Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St., is scheduled to host its 10th Annual Juneteenth celebration from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., June 21.
Juneteenth is a traditional African American holiday commemorating the date black people in Texas found out about the abolition of slavery as outlined in the Emancipation Proclamation. Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, with an effective date of Jan. 1, 1863, slaves in Texas—which was part of the seceding Confederate States of America—were not impacted by the decision until Union troops during the Civil War arrived in Galveston, Texas in June 1865. On June 19 of that year, Union General Gordon Granger read a general order announcing the contents and intent of the proclamation. The date went down in history as “Juneteenth.”
Today, the holiday is celebrated in most states across the country.
The local Juneteenth celebration is scheduled to include:
• 2 p.m.—Opening ceremony.
• 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.—Various Performances, Youth Activities, Basketball Tournament.
• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.—Performance by Last Call The Super Band/
• 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.—Performance by Mikki White and All the Way Live Band/
The celebration throughout the day is scheduled to feature:
* Free entertainment.
* Free hotdogs and popcorn.
* Free haircuts.
* Community information booths.
* Can make purchases from various food and merchandise vendors
For more information, call Zynette Page at (260) 427-6780.