Juneteenth commemoration to be held in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTHAll are invited to join in commemorating Juneteenth 2022 at Knowlton Park, 11 Shore Road in Ellsworth, on Sunday, June 19, from noon to 4 p.m.

“Illuminating the Continuum of the Black Experience in Maine” will feature music, poets, speakers, authors and delectable food for all families this Father’s Day.

Every year, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were first told that they were freed from slavery, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

The admission-free Ellsworth event is open to all and will feature a lineup of musicians, poets, speakers, restaurants, artisans and museums to offer an engaging, educational, inspirational and fun experience for all ages. Featured performers include musicians Rodney Mashia, Suzie Assam and Baba Kevin Campbell; award-winning children’s book author Samara Cole Doyon; and Chief-Nze Oscar Mokeme, CEO and founding director of The Museum of African Culture located in Portland, Maine.

WERU Community Radio 89.9 FM will broadcast the event live and stream online at weru.org. There will be hands-on activities for both children and adults as well as tables for vendors. For the full list of speakers and program schedule, visit bit.ly/juneteenth-ellsworth.

In 2022, Ellsworth’s Juneteenth event is being organized by a collaboration among community organizations and individuals, including MDI Racial Equity Working Group, Healthy Acadia, Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP, YWCA MDI, Downeast Diversity, The Exercise Design Lab, Black Spirit 4 Life, and Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand.

For more information, email [email protected] or find the event on Facebook @JuneteenthEllsworth.

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