Eau Claire's 2019 Juneteenth celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. June 19 at Carson Park's Pine Pavilion.
Juneteenth, which is free and open to the public, will bring together area residents to celebrate their commitment toward a more united community enriched by its diversity. The event also will include food, music, activities for children and guest speakers.
The keynote speaker will be Sarah Ferber, associate director of Chippewa Valley EXPO. Rep. Jodi Emerson and Rep. Kathy Bernier have tentatively agreed to speak.
This year’s musical guest will be Irie Sol.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
The Uniting Bridges Organization is the organizer of the Juneteenth Celebration. The UW-Eau Claire Chancellor's Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Affirmative Action Office and history department; Chippewa Valley Technical College Diversity Resources; and the city of Eau Claire are the main sponsors of the event, along with various co-sponsors.