The 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 19 at Freedom Park in Lexington Park from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m.! The festival is produced by the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) and celebrates African American heritage in St. Mary's County.
The festivities this year include gospel singing by the legendary Winfield Parker, African dance and drumming, exhibits, the Minority Outreach Coalition Mini Health Fair, games, vendors, food and more. Plus, there will also be an evening jazz concert featuring saxophonist Jaared! To see the complete festival program, click here.
For fitness enthusiasts, there is also a Juneteenth/USCT Memorial Festival 5K Run/Walk to support the mission of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions. The 5K race will run through the old Lexington Manor neighborhood and on the paved path in adjacent Lancaster Park. Both runners and walkers are invited to participate in the 5K. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall, as well as to the top three males and females in each age group. The entry fee for the 5K is $20 for pre-registrants or $25 on race day. Register online at http://www.ucaconline.org/ or by mail. Register on race day from 7:45 a.m. until 8:45 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, two months after the surrender of General Lee and more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, General Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3 - All slaves are free.
For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration or the 5K Run/Walk, contact the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions at 301-862-4868 or visit http://www.ucaconline.org/.