Vicksburg is due to celebrate a historic Juneteenth, it’s first federally recognized Juneteenth holiday after legislation was signed by President Biden on Friday.
The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Vicksburg City Park and Pavilion at 100 Army Navy Drive. Various speakers are scheduled, multiple vendors are prepared and entertainment will be plenty this year as we move forward into a momentous day.
The poetry contest winners have been announced and will have a chance to read their poems before the community. A huge congratulations goes out to this year’s winners:
- Aiden Brown, 4th Grade-Beechwood Elementary School
- Brian Bennamon, 5th Grade-Neahoba County Elementary School
- Jameson Brown, 6th Grade-Beechwood Elementary School
- Jada Myers, 8th grade-Vicksburg High School
- Kemi K. Ward, 11th grade-River City Early College School
- Jazlyn Coles, 12th grade-former Warren Central High School.
VDN will bring more reports throughout the day as Vicksburg celebrates history in the making.
The event is made possible by Ezell McDonald – President and Founder, Gina Hendrickson – Vice President, Traniece Nikki King – Secretary, Grace Hicks Brown – Assistant Secretary, Bobbie Bingham Morrow – Treasurer & Co-Chair, Jeremy Johnson – Financial Secretary, Emmarie Flaggs Anderson – Journalist, Nancy Butler, LTC Columbus Hood, Eric Paymon, Portia Smith and Donna Williams.
Below is the program for the event which was posted on Facebook, courtesy of the Vicksburg Juneteenth Heritage Festival Committee.