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Summer Hill Heritage To Hold Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is the date when slaves in Texas were finally told about the Emancipation Proclamation, more than two years after it went into effect.

Credit: Summer Hill Heritage Group
Credit: Summer Hill Heritage Group

Patch Staff Report

The Summer Hill Heritage Group is celebrating Bartow County's 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration during a week of festivities with something for every one. 

The official date of Juneteenth is June 19, which is the date when Texas slaves were finally told of the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation was issued on Jan. 1, 1863, but Texas slaves were notified of their freedom until June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth is celebrated all over the United States as an opportunity to celebrate freedom and equal rights for all.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • June 18: multi-church Bible Study at the complex at 7 p.m. at the Summer Hill Complex; refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.
  • June 20: opening ceremony featuring live entertainment and vendors from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Summer Hill Complex on the lawn.
  • June 21: Juneteenth Parade starts at 10 a.m. through downtown Cartersville ending at the Summer Hill Complex. The secnd day of the music festival on the lawn featuring a car and bike show, live entertainment, a DJ, a children's area, an all day basketball tournament and vendors.

Residents are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs. This event is free and open to the public. 

For more information, contact Joy Hill Watson at (770) 873-3146

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