Juneteenth Celebration in Aiken

The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture and the Aiken Corporation will present a special “Juneteenth” celebration on Saturday, June 21 at Perry Park in Aiken. The event will include music, drama, arts and crafts, and exhibitions. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in May 2014.

Juneteenth is a celebration that honors African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. The Center for African American History, Art, and Culture celebrates Juneteenth in Aiken annually.

The 2014 event will take place on Saturday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Perry Park behind Schofield Middle School in Aiken. The admission is free. Some of the special events will include historian Wayne Bryant and local reenactor Kitty Evans demonstrating some of the events leading up to Juneteenth; poetry performances; and a drum circle.

For more information about the event, visit the website of the Center for African American History, Art, and Culture: http://aikenculturalcenter.org/mainsite/.

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