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Upcoming Event: Juneteenth Celebration

Eau Claire's Uniting Bridges will be hosting an in-person celebration of Juneteenth at 2pm on Saturday, June 19th at the Pine Pavillion in Carson Park.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in the U.S., Juneteenth dates from 1865, when, on June 19, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were to be freed.

Juneteenth will be celebrated in the Chippewa Valley on June 19 in Carson Park at the Pine Pavilion at 2pm. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature entertainment from regionally based artists Irie Sol, Naalia and Samantha Moon. There will also be a spoken-word performance from Daminius the Artist.

Area nonprofits such as Joining Our Neighbors, Advancing Hope (JONAH) and Chippewa Valley Votes will offer information and opportunities to join other activism at the celebration.

The 2021 Juneteenth celebration is sponsored by Pablo Center at the Confluence, UW-Eau Claire Chancellor's Office, UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs, Royal Credit Union, Leinenkugel's inc., UW-Eau Claire Affirmative Action Office, UW-Eau Claire history department, UW-Eau Claire Foundation, Visit Eau Claire Foundation, City of Eau Claire, City of Altoona.

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