PALESTINE — The Negro Historical Preservation Society-Palestine Branch will celebrate the conclusion of slavery in the United States during the 21th annual Juneteenth Celebration continuing today and Saturday in Palestine.
The annual Juneteenth fish fry will be held at 6 p.m. today at Calhoun Park.
Events culminate on Saturday with a parade and brief program at the Anderson County Courthouse, beginning at 10 a.m.
“(They will) speak on the Emancipation Proclamation and the Swanson/Bridge Slave Cemetery,” event spokesperson James Smith said.
After a presentation on the African American Heritage Trail brochure, a reenactment of the famous 1868 Freedman's March in Anderson County will take place.
“In the Freedmen’s reenactment, two Union soldiers will march the voters to the polls,” Smith said.
Following the program, the parade route begins at the courthouse, and will continue to Church Street, then to Murchison Street and conclude at Calhoun Park. Parade line-up starts at 9 a.m.
Festivities will continue until 4 p.m. and include a program with speakers, award presentations, music, food and games. The 11th Annual Juneteenth Pageant Queen and her Court will make an appearance.
Those planning to attend activities at Calhoun Park are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.