Juneteenth Celebrations in Martin Luther King Jr. Park this weekend
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating southern enslaved people’s emancipation, is being recognized this weekend.
The local NAACP chapter is honoring the holiday in Martin Luther King Park, on Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm.
All communities are welcome to join the festivities on a special day of freedom in the equality state.
“In order for us to make our country,our United States better. We need to know where we come from and where we’re headed. So, through education, I think the world is going to be a better place and especially Cheyenne.” said Paulette Galdin, Retired Teacher and Substitute.
Juneteenth marks the day enslaved people in the southern states were notified of their freedom, 2 years after the emancipation proclamation in 1863.
The Juneteenth event will have games for the kids, music, food vendors, and university of Wyoming historical speakers.
This celebration is only the second year the federal government has recognized the holiday.
The NAACP received a Juneteenth proclamation from both Mayor Patrick Collins and Governor Mark Gordon last year.
Juneteenth but it is still not recognized as a state holiday
Cheyenne NAACP president Stephen Latham says that needs to change.
“If it wasn’t needed, we wouldn’t have the things. We wouldn’t have the crimes against people of color against, gay and lesbians, LGBTQ plus communities. We have to have that level of awareness to where everybody knows its going on that its happening and do something about it.”
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