The Cobb County NAACP will have its 16th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Weekend in Glover Park on Marietta Square.
June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. will be the Evening Under the Stars event, featuring the sounds of Jonathan “John Boy” Wright, a writer/producer of the hit song “Wobble,” and his 13-piece brass band, Surround Sound.
June 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be the Juneteenth Cultural Festival, featuring 100-plus vendors, entertainment, a health fair, children’s area and activities.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery.
Dating back to 1865, it was June 19th that the Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were free. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration of June 19th was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants.