Juneteenth celebrations planned across Northeast Ohio

Juneteenth celebrations planned across Northeast Ohio
Many in the African American community will celebrate slaves finding out they were freed on June 19, 1865 (Source: NAACP Cleveland)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A number of Juneteenth celebrations are being held across Northeast Ohio on Friday.

Juneteenth is a day commemorating the end of slavery.

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On June 19, 1865, 250,000 slaves in Texas found they had been freed; more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

A number of celebrations are being held across Northeast Ohio:

  • The Karamu House is streaming Freedom on Juneteenth, Friday at 7 p.m., a performance responding to the recent murders of Black Americans through music, dance, and spoken word.
  • The group The Real Black Friday is inviting families to watch the movies “Just Mercy” and “Black Panther” at the Mayfield Drive-In at 8 p.m Friday.
  • The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is holding a voter registration event at Dave’s Supermarket on East 61st Street in Cleveland from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m on Friday.
  • The Buckeye Summer Soul Series in partnership with the NAACP Cleveland Branch, and Neighbor UP, will host a Juneteenth Celebration and NAACP Freedom Walk, on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Summit County Historical Society of Akron is holding a celebration at the John Brown House from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday

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