The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus will celebrate Juneteenth on June 23 with a free block party including local performers, food, arts and crafts, a children’s play area and free museum tours.
The theme of the second annual event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is “Celebrate Freedom, Equality and Culture.” The section of Montgomery Street between Lee and Moulton streets will be blocked off for the event.
“The Rosa Parks Museum is excited to offer Juneteenth for the community of Montgomery and the surrounding areas for the second year. We welcome all families to come out and celebrate freedom, equality, and culture with us! I’m looking forward to an afternoon of fun, food, and good music,” said Dr. Felicia Bell, Director of the Rosa Parks Museum.
The oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19, in recognition of the date in 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were free.
Comedienne Joy, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Clean,” will serve as the emcee of the event.
Souled Out Groove will headline the musical entertainment for the day.