Juneteenth Celebration to be Held June 16, Event Observes the Freedom of African Slaves in the United States
BATON ROUGE – The 2011 Juneteenth Celebration, hosted by the LSU African American Cultural Center will be held at LSU on Thursday, June 16, from 4-6:30 p.m. on South Stadium Road next to the airplane. The event is free and open to the public.
Juneteenth is the oldest holiday observance celebrating the freedom of African slaves in the United States. This national commemorative celebration recognizes that although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, emancipation did not occur until June 19, 1865. During the LSU Juneteenth Celebration, the entire campus comes together to honor the victims of slavery and celebrate African American achievements.
Attendees will be treated to food, games and fellowship amongst each other. During the celebration, a variety of music that represents the African American community will be played. Irving Bannister, a Mardi Gras Indian, will perform and give the history of the Mardi Gras Indians. A LSU student will also recite a poem discussing Juneteenth and its significance.