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Celebrate Juneteenth Freedom Day!
BHLMC invites you celebrate as we have a free, fun-filled day of musical performances, a DJ, Spoken word and poetry, Praise dancers, drum circles (bring your drums), drumming performances, dancing and comediennes and much more lined up.
Free children’s activities will include a Children’s Character story-hour, A Children’s Freedom School time, Bouncy house, many outdoor games and so much more!
In addition, the Hancock Health Mobile will be on-site offering healthy ideas for all. The locally owned Black businesses “Pull Up and Grill” food truck will be on-site, as well as “The Black Deacon” Soul food catering, which will be set up indoors.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated day commemorating the official ending of slavery in the United States. It began in Texas, in 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger, of the Union Army, led his troops into Galveston. He announced that those enslaved in Texas were finally free, two and a half years after the end of the Civil War and President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863.
This day has become a yearly time to celebrate with dance, music, food, and prayer. It now is a time to remember and share African American’s heritage and culture with fellow Americans. Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17th, 2021.