Juneteenth Festival

To be held this weekend

Evan Smith
June 19, 2019 - 3:25 pm

212 Community Development Corporation

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Each year on June 19th, the nation celebrates Juneteenth, the oldest known commemoration marking the ending of slavery in the United States.

But here in Greenville, as it is elsewhere, the day is not just a celebration, but is also a way for the nation to address its history, as well as the ongoing issues still impacting the black community today.

And it’s that dynamic – celebrating black culture while not shying away from ongoing challenges – that is driving an upcoming festival here in Greenville.

The Juneteenth Festival will be held this Saturday, June 22, at Kimbrell’s Funuture, located on Liberty Lane.

Hosted by the 212 Community Development Corporation, the festival organizers are inviting the public to come and celebrate with food and entertainment, as well to hear from speakers on issues such as gentrification, access to economic opportunity, and problems within the educational system.

There will also be lessons on financial literacy and accessing health care services.

More than 20 vendors representing the black community will be present. People of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to stop by from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday.

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