In celebration of the announcement of the end of slavery on June 19, 1865, the Juneteenth Freedom Fest will be held this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Additionally, Juneteenth was recently declared a federal holiday in a bill signed into law by President Joe Biden.
The event will be held at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Washington Street in Downtown Selma with the collaboration of The Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation and the Black Belt Community Foundation through the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) initiative.
Other collaborators are: The City of Selma, Selma City Schools, Wallace Community College Selma, Selma A.I.R., Vaughan Regional Medical Center, the Black Belt Community Foundation, Sweet Yoni, L.I.F.T. Ministries, Rural Health Medical Program, UAB Selma Family Medicine, and the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“Juneteenth Freedom Fest is designed to be a wonderful opportunity for us to gather in celebration of culture and community. Vendors and service organizations based in Selma as well as those traveling from across the Southeast will line up on Washington Street and Alabama Avenue to share in our community's first opportunity to honor Juneteenth at this level," said Lydia Chatmon, Co-Director of TRHT Selma.
“Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and TRHT Selma, we will provide participants with the opportunity to enjoy good food and music while we shop, enjoy a variety of performing artists, and learn more about the history of Juneteenth. All are welcomed to attend this free community event!”