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Vicksburg gears up to celebrate Juneteenth



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Juneteenth, the historic day commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the United States, is set to be celebrated in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with great fervor and pride. This year’s festivities hold a special significance as it marks the first Juneteenth celebration following its designation as a federal holiday by President Joe Biden in 2021.

The upcoming Juneteenth celebration in Vicksburg is scheduled to take place on June 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The venue for this year’s festivities will be the scenic Halls Ferry Park, located at 130 Halls Ferry Park Road. Admission to the event is free for all attendees, ensuring that everyone can partake in the joyous occasion.

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The celebration promises to offer a rich and diverse program, featuring live music performances, an array of vendors offering delicious food and unique crafts, and engaging workshops for all ages. Additionally, various activities will be available for children, ensuring a day of fun and entertainment for families.

Organizers encourage attendees to bring their lawn chairs, ensuring that they can relax and enjoy the festivities comfortably.

With the recent recognition of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, this year’s event in Vicksburg holds even greater importance, serving as a reminder of the progress made towards equality and justice, while honoring the memory and legacy of Ezell McDonald.

McDonald, a native of Vicksburg born on December 20, 1954, was a remarkable community leader and a fervent advocate for the recognition of Juneteenth. She organized the inaugural Juneteenth event in Marcus Bottom, which gained widespread acclaim and support.

McDonald passed away just one month after witnessing the historic first federally recognized Juneteenth celebration. Her unwavering commitment and dedication to the cause continue to inspire the community to this day. She served as a pivotal figure, both as an employee of the Army Corps of Engineers and as the president of the local Juneteenth Committee.

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