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.
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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