Annual Juneteenth celebration to be at Douglass Park

Friday, June 15, 2012 | 5:56 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia will recognize the 147th anniversary of Juneteenth from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Douglass Park.

Juneteenth is a national celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The event does not mark the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. Instead, it commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, the freedom of all slaves.

If you go

What: Juneteenth celebration

When: Saturday and Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m.

Where: Douglass Park, 400 N. Providence Road

The festivities in Columbia are the product of a partnership between Columbia Parks and Recreation and Chosen Generation Ministries. 

Bishop Lorenzo Lawson, senior pastor for Chosen Generation Ministries, said this weekend's celebration will include a barbecue and an old-fashioned basket dinner, which is similar to a potluck, hosted by area churches.

Chosen Generation Ministries will also offer a Father's Day service Sunday under the main shelter at Douglass Park. Because the shelter is somewhat protected from the elements, the service will be held rain or shine, Lawson said.

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Delcia Crockett June 16, 2012 | 7:45 a.m.

Oh! This is wonderful!

The thing about Columbia is that it does not embrace its history enough!

Instead of statues and art calling attention to the wonderful historical heritage we have in this town, we get keyholes in front of the court house and spray-painted sheet metal mess on concrete blocks in front of our public library, one of the most frequented places in Boone County.

We have the Lewis and Clark Trail running right through our town, and we have the oldest university in this country west of the Mississippi that also has the most respected School of Journalism, School of Medicine, Creative Writing Department, etc. in the nation/world. That is the only the beginning of where our history is. What of each limestone ridge and the riverbanks nearby?

I am so proud to say that this is happening in our town, everything that is in this article!

You historic-based citizens are the greatest! May the tribe increse!

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