Franklin County Arts Council Sponsors Juneteenth Celebration
By Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC
Franklin County Arts Council is hosting a free Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1-4pm, at BROAD community center, 583 Bunn Elementary School Road, in Bunn NC.
Bring a picnic lunch and a chair and enjoy the music presented by Sisters and Brothers Unity with Howard Overton. Also on the program will be Johnny Boy and The True Blessings, the C4C Steppers, quilt show, arts and crafts, and Chyefa will present a talk titled “What’s in a Name?”
The winners of the Juneteenth poster and the essay contests will be announced at the event.
Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the South. The Emancipation Proclamation had technically ended slavery two-and-a-half years earlier on January 1, 1863. It took over two years before the news reached Texas, where 250,000 African Americans first learned they were free. Juneteenth is a celebration of that freedom.
Arts and crafts vendor are welcome. Bring your own set up. There is no fee for vendors. Food vendors are not allowed.
This is a family-friendly event — no alcohol, smoking free. Arts and craft vendors should call FCAC to register at 919.497.6910 or email. There is no rain date.