A number of Charleston-area organizations are hosting events to celebrate Juneteenth this Saturday, an annual holiday marking the end of enslavement following the Civil War and emancipation.
Lowcountry Juneteenth Week is hosting its inaugural week of educational and entertainment events Monday through Saturday, with an outdoor bash serving as the main event June 19 at The Bend.
Lowcountry Juneteenth Week celebrates the achievements and history of Black culture by highlighting Black-owned businesses and hosting curated events throughout the city like live performances, exhibits, seminars and more.
“Although Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery, many have never heard of the holiday,” event co-founder Latisha Manigault said in a press release. “We want to educate our community about its importance and make sure it gets the recognition it deserves.”
Unique cultural activities for ethically diverse audiences will be key features to this event week in an effort to bring more recognition to the holiday. These activities include sweet grass art, an exhibit of centuries-old slave artifacts and more.
Visit lowcountryjuneteenthweek.com for more information on ticket sales, events, sponsorships and more.
Also this week is Juneteenth Freedom Fest, a large-scale event kicking off at 2 p.m. this Saturday at Riverfront Park. With an anticipated 3,000 guests in attendance for the free event, Juneteenth Freedom Fest will feature live performances, Black art, food, kids activities and more.
“Juneteenth has become a larger and more vital celebration, seeking to acknowledge America’s past and move forward with a full appreciation of the contributions, achievements, ingenuity and sacrifices that were made by those who came before us, to get us where we are today,” organizers said in the event announcement online.
Visit juneteenthfreedomfestchs.com for more information on parking or virtual attendance.
On Saturday, Concerned Citizens of the Peninsula/Lowcountry will host an all-day celebration of Juneteenth downtown on Jackson Street.
Gather at Martin Park (155 Jackson St.) starting at 1 p.m. for live music, discussions, food, art displays and more.
Other Juneteenth events this week:
- Root of Soul. June 18. 4-10 p.m. $65/one-day pass; $100/two-day pass. Exchange Park. 9850 Hwy. 78. Ladson.
- Gullah Juneteenth Freedom Celebration. June 19. 12-3 p.m. Free to attend. International African American Museum. 113 Calhoun St. Downtown.
- Juneteenth at Mosquito Beach. June 19. 2-8 p.m. $5/person. Mosquito Beach. James Island.
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