This year, the City of Mebane is collaborating with local community partners and organizations to present the Juneteenth Freedom Day Community Celebration.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at the Mebane Community Park (550 W. Center Street) from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The celebration will offer entertainment, historical presentations, and music. It will feature non-profit and local business vendors as well as food trucks/vendors! It will be family friendly with backyard games, face painting, football, outdoor basketball and touch-a-truck.
Judge Larry Brown will present the Juneteenth Proclamation, while NC House Representative Ricky Hurtado, Mayor Ed Hooks and other local leaders will also participate as speakers. The celebration will also feature musical presentations from Instruments of Praise and Voices of Grace. In addition to speeches and music, the celebration will also feature poetry and dance.
The celebration will feature five food trucks/vendors as well as over 30 non-profits and local business vendors. For more detailed information on the celebration, follow all City of Mebane Recreation & Parks social media accounts for the latest updates and announcements @cityofmebanerec.
On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a US federal holiday. The City of Mebane witnessed its first Juneteenth celebration on June 19, 2021, at Holt Street Park co-hosted by three area African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Churches: Bethel AME, Reidsville, Johnson Chapel AME, Mebane and Quinn Chapel, Roxboro.
The name Juneteenth is a blending of the words June and nineteenth commemorating the delayed announcement of the ending of slavery in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, almost 3 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and almost 100 years after the founding of our nation, Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, where slavery was still in practice, and informed African Americans of the Emancipation Proclamation.
From this monumental event, the last of the population of enslaved persons were notified of their emancipation; therefore, Juneteenth is also known as Emancipation Day.
Juneteenth is the first holiday to be approved as a federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which was established in 1983. People across the country celebrate with food and festivities, much like the Fourth of July.
We hope our positively charming Mebane citizens will join us at the Community Park to help us celebrate Juneteenth at this wonderful event.