Juneteenth celebration underway

The Miss Juneteenth Pageant and the announcements of winners of the Children Photo Contest will be held at 7 p.m. in the T.H. Harris Auditorium. There was an opening ceremony on Wednesday at the Grambling Park which consisted of an old fashion Prayer Meeting and Conversations Under the Tent with Thelma Williams.
On Friday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grambling Recreation Center – The Trash Bash Dinner and Dance will take place.
On Saturday, June 14 at 10 a.m. in Downtown Grambling “Festival Day” featuring a Juneteenth Parade, entertainment stage, exhibitions, vendors, baking contest, and a children’s play area. Also featured this day is an exhibition at 1:00 p.m. by our Artist in Residence, Frank Kelley, Jr. at the Grambling Recreation Center, The Community Theatre at 6 p.m. in the T. H. Harris Auditorium, and a Party in the Park at 9 p.m. in the Grambling Memorial Park.
Also on Sunday, June 15 at noon in the Grambling Memorial Park Culminating activities include the Annual Father’s Day Bar-Be-Que cook-off and fishing tournament.
Applications for all events may be downloaded from www.egrambling.com or by picked up at Grambling City Hall. For additional information, contact Mary Ellis at 247-6610 or Grambling City Hall at 247-6120.WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery that takes its name from the June 19, 1965 proclamation, in Galveston, Texas that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were free.
The memory of the June 19, 1865 and festivities to mark the day would serve as a motivation for dealing with, along with release from, the many hardships the former slaves had faced.
The celebration was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with the participation from the descendent of former slaves. Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and playing baseball are a few of the typical Juneteenth activities that continue to this day. Yet Juneteenth always has focused on education and self- improvement with prayer services a major part.