By Tia Woods, Intern
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will celebrate African American freedom by hosting a Juneteenth Street Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15.
Juneeteenth originated on June 19, 1865. Although, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, which freed all slaves in states of rebellion, it did not apply to the states that did not rebel against the Union. Therefore, there were still many slaves who remained enslaved.
According to the Mosaic Templars website, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is a legal holiday in more than 200 cities. During Juneteenth, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are encouraged to acknowledge a period in time that helped shape our country. The reflection and rejoicing of African American freedom, education, and achievement are marked through picnics, family gatherings, activities, and more.
The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity will join Mosaic Templars and others at the day-long community celebration that will feature activities, food, entertainment, and more. It will be held at 501 W. Ninth St.
Last year, the event attracted over 900 people from across the state.
In addition to the street festival, Mosaic Templar will also present the Theatrical Production of S. Juain Young’s Voices From The Front Porch at 6 p.m. June 14 and the Living History Performance at 6 p.m. June 20.
For more information, visit the Mosaic Templars website or call 501.683.3620.