Week-long Juneteenth celebration kicks off Sunday

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The week-long Juneteenth Fort Wayne 2021 celebration kicks off on Sunday, June 13.

“We want everyone to leave with one specific message and that is unity in the community,” said Adrian Curry, Juneteenth Collaborative’s Executive Director. “We are building a body in order for us to heal, we want the flow of energy to be open between not only individuals within our community, but also outside of our community as well. Everyone is welcome.”

Juneteenth is an annual holiday to observe the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day when news of emancipation reached people in the deepest parts of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865.

Here’s a look at the schedule for the week:

Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Elder Jubilee Brunch” Juneteenth Kick-Off Honoring Community Elders
Time: 2pm-4PM
Location: 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. Turner Chapel AME

Monday, June 14th, 2021
“Sowing Seeds” Gardening w/ Smiley’s Garden Angels & Human Agricultural Co-Operative.
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: 2500 Tillman Rd., next to Fellowship Missionary Church

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
“Power of Black Economics” Black Economics w/ Liberty Group Realty – House to Holmes
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: 836 E. Jefferson Blvd, Turner Chapel AME Church

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
“Freedom Fest A Day of Remembrance” Showcase Local Black Artists Health Hut and Urban Update
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: 3304 Fairfield Ave., Health Hut Wellness Center.

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
“Lawn & Learn” Interactive Community Discussion
Time: 6pm-8pm
Location: 2135 S. Hanna St., Urban League

Friday, June 18th, 2021
“Under the Tent” Young Adult Night (age: 21+)
Time: 8pm-12pm
Location: 5921 Hessen Cassel Rd., Ayahso Nice Jamaican Grill & Creamery

Saturday June 19, 2021
“The Art Leadership Center Promenade”
Passing of the Torch Ceremony | Time: 10:30am-11am
Promenade | Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location: Weisser Park

Saturday June 19, 2021
“Freedom Day”
Time: 2pm-6pm
Location: 3901 Abbott St., McMillen Park

All events except for the brunch, which costs $10, are free.

Curry said that Juneteenth Collaborative is always looking for any appreciates any support. The link to its Go Fund Me page can be found here.

For more information check out the Juneteenth 2021 Facebook page.

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