Juneteenth Festival ‘It’s All About the Children’

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

May 6, 2013 (Donaldsonville, LA) Donaldsonville is scheduled to celebrate its 17th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival “It’s All About the Children”. It will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11am – until the park closes in Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue in Donaldsonville, LA. The City of Donaldsonville and the festival committee are committed to continue the tradition started in Donaldsonville by Former Mayor B.J. Francis Sr. and his wife, the late Janet G. Francis, in 1996 and continued throughout the years by Kathy Hambrick of the River Road African American Museum.

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. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas. "Juneteenth is a landmark in history, a celebration of freedom and the end of enslavement in America," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist.

Donaldsonville’s Juneteenth’s line-up including a Drum Line Competition featuring Donaldsonville High School, McKinley High School and Tara High School, Host Comedian Bigg Sexxy and Lil Sexy Red, River Road African American Museum Society, The Silhouette Dance Ensemble of New Orleans, and the Michael Foster Project of Baton Rouge.

Each participant and vendor will have a youth shadow them to teach them about their business, whether it’s singing, dancing, playing an instrument, cooking or making snowballs.

Come out, bring your family, blankets and chairs and listen to the wonderful talents of our Louisiana Youth and enjoy delicious local cuisine of our local vendors.

If you are interested in festival sponsorship and/or becoming a vendor, please call Allison Hudson 504-610-3292, co-chairperson or Tamiko Francis Garrison, chairperson at 225-803-4042.