The Black Education Historical Exhibit of Douglasville will host the Juneteenth celebration, which will include a free family-fun festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Douglasville.
The Saturday festival includes live entertainment, health screenings provided by WellStar, tours of the exhibit museum, vendors, ethnic foods, arts and crafts, historical storytelling, bingo, and children’s activities, as well as a special guest appearance by Praise 102.5 radio host KD Bowe.
“Join us as we celebrate this triumphant milestone in America’s history. The Juneteenth Festival offers a variety of fun family activities for all cultures to enjoy, and continues to grow each year,” Douglas County Commissioner Henry Mitchell III, chairman for the Juneteenth board, said in a statement.
An exclusive thank-you reception for sponsors and invited guests is set for Friday at the Hunter Park Community Center sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and ShawHankins.
Through a festive celebration, the multi-cultural event celebrates the ending of slavery in the U.S., which officially took place June 19, 1865 — two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves.
Exhibit President Frankie Morris said in a statement, “Juneteenth is a significant moment in African-American and U.S. history, and gives all citizens the opportunity to come together and celebrate the freedoms that make this nation great.”
The celebration is a production of the exhibit and is supported in part by the city of Douglasville and Douglas County government.
The Juneteenth board is chaired by Mitchell and co-chaired by City Councilman Samuel Davis.
Sponsors include Greater Mount Olive Overcoming Church of God, GreyStone Power Corp., John Thornton Chevrolet, Kaiser Permanente, Praise 102.5, Publix, ShawHankins, St. James A.M.E Church, Tranquil A.M.E Church, Tri Mu Omega Psi Phi, and Zen Massage Center.
To become a vendor at the 2013 Juneteenth Festival, or for more information, call (770) 947-5920.