The Juneteenth Rock Hill celebration committee will host events this month titled “A Celebration of Freedom.”
Activities will begin Thursday at the York County Library where Carlo Dawson, author, storyteller and Juneteenth Rock Hill president, will feature a play about the first Juneteenth celebration entitled “Lily Ann’s Story of Jubilee: A Celebration of Freedom.”
On Saturday, Dawson will host “On the Front Porch with Mama Millie.” Participants will listen to Mama Millie perform Brer-Rabbit Tales and other African American folklore.
Activities will continue June 16 in conjunction with Food Truck Friday and will take place at Fountain Park. The Fantasy Band will among the preformers.
The Juneteenth Rock Hill finale will be June 17 at Friendship College and Mount Prospect Baptist Church. There will be a free cookout, vendors, prizes, children’s games, storytelling, and buggy and carriage rides by local historic interpreters Wali Cathcart and James Hart.
Sonja Burris, publicity chair for Juneteenth Rock Hill, said they hope the various performances and activities will “directly represent the history behind Juneteenth.” The Juneteenth Rock Hill celebration committee will award the Ann Cain Scholarship to a high school senior who has demonstrated leadership in the community.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.
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