This Saturday, the annual Juneteenth Festival will be held at O’Donnell Lake Restaurant Park in St. Charles from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Black Leadership Council for Excellence (BLCE) and celebrates the end of slavery in our nation. This African American Emancipation Day was originally observed in 1865 in Galveston, Texas, when, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Texans were notified by Union soldiers that the war had ended and the slaves were free. Today, the festival has been coined “Juneteenth” and is celebrated across the country, celebrating African American freedom and encouraging respect for all people.
The family-friendly event is free and is appropriate for all ages. It will include a youth talent showcase, soul and jazz bands, gospel performances, spoken word – poetry, food and craft vendors, and health information. Crops, rain barrels, salad boxes, earth buckets, and salad tables will be for sale from Nature’s Revival.
Come for an afternoon of music, food, and fun at beautiful O’Donnell Park! BLCE recommends bringing lawn chairs and/or a beach umbrella. For more information on the event, please visit the Juneteenth 2011 Facebook Page or BLCE’s web site.
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