The Orange County African-American Historical Society partnered with James Madison’s Montpelier to present the 12th local Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 15. Juneteenth is a celebration of art, history, music, food, faith and family. “Juneteenth” marks the day the last enslaved people in the nation learned of their freedom. On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Tex. with news of emancipation—two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration began with a traditional African libation ceremony at the slave cemetery followed by a drum procession to the main tent. Entertainment in the main tent included performances from: Odyssey of Soul, Adwela and the Uprising, the men’s group of Shady Grove Baptist Church, Dena Jennings and the Boys & Girls Club of Orange African Drum Circle. The event also featured local vendors, artists, storytellers, living history re-enactors and hands-on history.

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