Juneteenth Celebration set in Huntingdon

HUNTINGDON – The fourth annual Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration will take place from noon to 8 p.m. June 21 at Portstown Park.

“Our Juneteenth Celebration will be bigger and better than ever before,” said Greg Banks, chairman of the Huntingdon County Juneteenth Celebration Committee. “This year, we invite those attending to bring their own picnic lunch, much in the tradition of older African American family gatherings, and hang out in the park with us. We will have face painting for children, historical presentations and live music.”

Juneteenth, which originated in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. It marks the day, June 19, 1865, that Gen. Granger and the Union soldiers reached Texas with news of the Emancipation Proclamation – more than two years after it was signed.

The free celebration is funded through donations. This year’s celebration will include live music, presentations on local history, food, games and fellowship.

For more information, email info@HuntingdonCountyJuneteenth.org. Vending opportunities are available.