The Town of Indian Trail is hosting its annual Juneteenth Celebration on Friday, June 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Crossing Paths Park (120 Blythe Drive).
This year’s event will include:
- Spoken word performances
- African dance and drumming
- Harriet Tubman Monologue
- R&B soloist
- Moderated Q&A with Ryan Cureton
- Juneteenth-inspired art by Ryan Cureton
- Music by DJ Kels
- Food trucks
- Local vendors
- Family-friendly activities
WBTV’s Dedrick Russell will emcee the Juneteenth Celebration.
“Indian Trail is honored to host its second annual Juneteenth Celebration,” said Hayden Kramer, Parks and Recreation director. “It’s an important day to recognize and commemorate African American culture and history by bringing the community together through art, music, poetry, and dance. It’s a day of celebration but also one for learning and awareness. We look forward to sharing this event with our community.”
Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were free. African Americans who had been slaves in the Southwest celebrated June 19, commonly known as Juneteenth Independence Day. Juneteenth became a federal holiday in 2021.