The City of Donaldsonville will host its 21st annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 10 at the Frank Sotile Jr. Pavilion, 2162 Thibaut Drive. The city and the festival committee have been committed to continuing the tradition started in Donaldsonville by former Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. and his wife, the late Janet G. Francis, in 1996. It has continued through the years by various volunteers.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the last geographic area in America where slavery existed learned of their freedom. This took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that "all slaves are free "by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.

Donaldsonville’s Juneteenth Celebration features various special guests and performing talents from all over the south such as Claude Bryant Reggae Allstars (12:30 -1 p.m.), DJ Derrick 1:30-3 p..), Bucket List Band (3-4 p.m.), Universal Language (4:30 -5:30 p.m.) and the Michael Foster Project (5:45-7 p.m.).

There will also be numerous workshops focusing on the theme of Financial Freedom. According to organizer Tamiko Garrison, financial gurus such as credit coaches, investment consultants, bankers, financial planners and tax attorneys will be on hand to discuss credit repair, investments and banking to assist families, teens and adults with securing financial freedom in their lives.

"The festival is about love, togetherness and a celebration of freedom," Garrison said. "It is open to everyone. We have to remember our past so that we can learn from the good and never repeat the bad. The celebration is not just for the city, parish or state, it is for the world."

For more information about the free event visit juneteenthdville.com.