Juneteenth events celebrating culture, freedom in Clarksville

While it may be a newer federal holiday, Juneteenth is deeply rooted and celebrated in the fabric of American culture.

Juneteenth commemorates the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation. It is the oldest holiday celebrating the freeing of slaves from bondage in 1865. For many, they have recognized Juneteenth as a holiday since.

The day was officially recognized as a federal holiday last year. The City of Clarksville wasted no time in creating events to celebrate the day with festivals and events hosted throughout Clarksville-Montgomery County.

This year will be no different as events grow bigger with several hours of cultural celebrations will occur in the city.

Juanita Charles wears many hats in the area. She’s the founder of Clarksville Summit, where community members collaborate to examine local issues. She also organized Juneteenth celebrations in Clarksville.

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