The Cobb County branch of the NAACP is hosting the annual Marietta Juneteenth Celebration at historic Marietta Square. The Juneteenth Celebration is a cultural festival that celebrates Juneteenth, the name given to the date June 19, 1865 commemorating the date that the last United States slaves were freed.
The celebration features music, entertainment, food, vendors, moonwalks, history, giveaways, voter registration and fun activities for the whole family.
Friday, June 19, 2015 from 6pm to 11pm
Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10am to 7pm
Sunday, June 21, 2015 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.