The Cobb County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be co-hosting along with Marietta city, the annual Juneteenth celebration in Marietta Square. The event takes place on Friday night, June 16, 2017 with an “Evening Under the Stars” from 6pm to llpm. On Saturday, June 17th, there will be activities from 10am to 7pm and on Sunday, June 18th there will be a Gospel Fest from 3pm to 7pm.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers led by major general Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants. Juneteenth today celebrates African-American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.
The event will have lots of activities for the family including, a children play area, food, live entertainment, vendors, music, information booths, voter registration, raffles, health screenings and NAACP Juneteenth t-shirts and memberships, plus fun, fellowship and networking.
June 16th, 2017 from 6pm to llpm.
June 17th, 2017 from 10am to 7pm
June 18th, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm.
Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park in downtown Marietta
50 Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
Free and open to the public
From Atlanta, take 1-75 North to exit 263. Follow (West Bound) to Marietta. This road will become South Marietta Parkway 120 S Loop. Follow west about five miles to Atlanta Street. Turn right. Marietta Square is two blocks ahead.
For more information, please call (770) 425-5757 or visit CobbNAACP.org
Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.
About The NAACP
The NAACP, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is the oldest, largest and strongest Civil Rights Organization in the United States. The principal objective of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States. The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany.