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Embracing Juneteenth: Celebrating African American History in Liberty, North Carolina

A significant moment unfolded in Galveston, TX, as Union Troops made their way to the city in the summer of 1865. This marked a turning point in American history, as the chains of slavery were finally broken. Today, this momentous occasion is celebrated with great affinity as Juneteenth, a federal holiday since June 17, 2021. Festivities honoring this day can be witnessed far and wide, taking the form of vibrant concerts, lively festivals, and enlightening historical symposiums throughout the United States.

Among the many events held nationwide, one such celebration takes place at Paul Henry Smith Park in Liberty, North Carolina. The Liberty Public Library is the proud host of this gathering, where attendees can indulge in a plethora of treats. The generous souls at St Stephens Missionaries and Vons Grill will provide complimentary food to children and teens thus ensuring that their appetites are satisfied. Moreover, a remarkable lineup of vendors awaits, including Sapphire Studio, Sandra Bartell Books, and Haelee and I (The Rules of a Big Boss). The range of offerings is bound to captivate all who attend.

But that's not all, the event organizers have gone the extra mile to ensure that families can create lasting memories together. They have arranged a myriad of engaging activities suitable for all ages. From a thrilling water balloon celebration to spirited soccer and basketball circuits, the possibilities for enjoyment are endless.

What initially began as a community conversation, sparked by a grant awarded by the esteemed American Library Association (ALA), has blossomed into a remarkable annual celebration of African American History. The Liberty Public Library, along with its dedicated members, is now entering its third year of organizing this cherished event. Haelee and I feel immensely privileged to be a part of this beautiful community experience, contributing to the celebration and recognition of African American heritage.

How will you be celebrating this holiday season?


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