Lowcountry celebrates June 16th with a family festival in N. Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) — The Lowcountry is celebrating June 16 with a family festival in North Charleston featuring multiple musical performances and speakers to honor what organizers are calling the Day of Freedom for African Americans.

Sunday’s festival features live music, food, clothing and games at the Jenkins Institute on Azalea Drive.

“It’s a celebration, an African American celebration, and what we’re doing is honoring our freedom day,” said Cedric Smalls, organizer of Lowcountry Juneteenth Week. “Of course everyone knows about emancipation, and for us June 19 is when we actually acknowledge the fact that the cavalry came down to Galveston, Texas and made it official.”

Juneteenth is short for June 19th. On this day in 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and free all remaining slaves more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Event organizers said the federal holiday allows people to express themselves, whether through food, clothing or music, and said it takes all Americans to make it a holiday.

They also said Juneteenth allows other cultures to experience the African American community.

The festival lasts until late Sunday, with the last musical act taking the stage around 9:30pm

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