**This is a FREE event**
The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration will be held on Saturday June 18, 2022, 3:00 pm in the city of Lexington, NC. This year’s event will be an experience for the entire family. We hope to bring more culture, delicious food, entertainment, and more to the community. The event will be held at the 4th Street Park following a history tour walk from MLK Blvd to the park. The history tour walk will begin at 2:30 pm. We are asking everyone who is interested/able to walk to meet at the lot on the corner of Conner Street & MLK Blvd by 2:30 pm. The tour walk will travel to the 4th Street Park and will provide historical information about landmarks, and historic facts in the community.
Juneteenth 2022 is sponsored by: Lexington Utilities, Matthews Realty and Development, Uptown Lexington, Inc., Davidson Local, Anything For Our Youth Group, Inc.
**History of Juneteenth: The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865, several years after the Proclamation had been issued, the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas to share the news. Once the slaves found out about the Proclamation they erupted into celebrations, and festivities, which is the purpose and celebration of Juneteenth.