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Juneteenth Celebration In Bladen County

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By: Jair McElveen 

On June eighteenth and nineteenth 2022, Bladen County residents held a two-day, Juneteenth Celebration at Elizabethtown Middle School. At the first event on the eighteenth, there were a variety of bounce houses, games, music, vendors, and even free food! There were all sorts of vendors from small businesses, local government agencies, Covid-19 testing, and vaccinations just to name a few. The second event on the nineteenth was a gospel explosion. There were various choirs, psalmists, gospel groups, and speakers. The goal of these two events was to honor Juneteenth and everything it stands for. The community supporters hope that these events bring unity to the community.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when all slaves in the United States were freed. Slavery in the United States was not totally abolished until 1865, even though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863. As a result, on June 19th, 1865 everyone in the United States became officially free. Juneteenth became an official federal holiday in June of 2021 when President Joe Biden signed the legislation.


Juneteenth Gospel Explosion photos by Kenneth Armstrong

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