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thank-you-photo-lawrence-davisNEXT JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION: Saturday June 17, 2017 – Durham, NC

13th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will be held in Durham, NC (city in which the Civil War and thus, slavery, ended 152 years ago) on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 1pm to 10pm on East Main Street (between Roxboro and Dillard Streets). This fun filled, educational and uplifting event includes entertainment throughout day featuring national recording artists & local performers, food & merchandise vendors, health fair, kids zone, exhibitors & more!

To register to be a Merchandise Vendor, Exhibitor and/or Food Truck Vendor, click here

25% Discount off vendor fee while they last (limited # of spaces available)

To become a sponsor, call 919-680-0465

To perform, submit your bio, headshot and sample of music email:

History of Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A wartime measureissued by President Abraham Lincoln, the proclamation freed relatively few slaves,but it fueled the fire of the enslaved to strike for their freedom. The celebration of Juneteenth originates from Galveston,

Texas,where on June 19, 1865 the word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the enslaved. Often cited as the African American Independence Day, Juneteenth has been the subject of city,state,and federal legislation in recent years, establishing it as a special day of recognition,and as one of the fastest growing events in the country.

Passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified on December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States and provides that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Today, Juneteenth is embraced and celebrated by all races and ethnicities in honor, and in commemoration of African American culture and achievements. In 2007, North Carolina became the 26th state to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or a state holiday observance when it is recognized nationally. April 2009, Juneteenth Celebrationin Durham was officially designated as The Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Cur­rently there is legislationin the NC General Assembly to declare Juneteenth as an official State Day of Observance.

The 13th Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration, free and open to the public, with activities geared toward family participation,community unification and good old fashioned fun, will be held on Saturday,June 17, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. This fun filled, educational and uplifting event kicks off with the official Opening Ceremony that includes songs, prayer, proclamations, pouring of the libation and presentations on the origin and significance of Juneteenth. Past NC Juneteenth Celebration Honorary Chairs have included NC Rep. Larry Hall, Durham Mayor Bill Bell, NC Rep.Mickey Michaux, Sen.Floyd McKissick, Jr.,and former NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms.

Entertainment throughout the day will feature national recording artists and local performers. Vendors sell an array of African and African-American clothing, art and artifacts, specialty items, crafts and delicious foods. The Children’s Village has games, face  painting, crafts and other  fun, educational activities and information.

The Health Fair includes blood pressure,cholesterol,diabetes, and HIV screenings. Medical professionals from area health centers and hospitals are available for con­ sultations.

Organizations will have booths to inform the men, women,youth,and families of services (mentoring,tutoring, mental health, substance abuse,job services, etc.) and activities (summer camp, day camp, after school, athletic teams, etc.) available in Durham and surrounding areas. Experts in their respective fields provide information, activities,and demonstrations. The 13th Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration will bring a multitude of organizations and citizens into the community together in an effort to foster connections that will empower and uplift the community.

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