Juneteenth Freedom Fest set for June 8

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

The 18th annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival is set for Sunday, June 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. until the park closes in Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville.

Vendors and entertainment will highlight the event, as it has in years past.

This year’s festivities are set to include choirs from the regional area, along with the River Road African American Museum Sign Language Ensemble. Comedians and musical performances are also slated.

Juneteenth celebrations commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas that all slaves had been freed by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. It came more than two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, signed on September 22, 1862.

The City of Donaldsonville and the festival committee have carried on the tradition locally since its inception in 1996. Started by former Donaldsonville Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. and his late wife, Janet Ganes Francis, it has continued through efforts from the River Road African American Museum and others in the community.

Vendor booths are available for $50 and are filling up fast.

Anyone interested in helping sponsor the event, or becoming a vendor, can contact Allison Hudson at (504) 610-3292 or Tamiko Francis Garrision at (225) 803-4042.

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