Cobb Co. NAACP preps for Juneteenth celebration

Source: WGCL

For 15 years, there's been a Juneteenth celebration in Cobb County. But organizers say many people still don't know the meaning behind it.

The Cobb NAACP organizes the three day celebration at the Marietta Square. They say they want people to have fun but also to be educated. It includes music, lots of vendors and educational entertainment.

Organizers say Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery. It celebrates the time when union soldiers went to Galveston, Texas to inform everyone that the war ended and slaves were then free. This was two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Cobb NAACP President told me this weekend was a way for the entire community to celebrate that history.

"It gives me the opportunity to think it's very important to share this story with my grandkids so they know where we came from know what has happened in life and to look forward to the future and to celebrate what we have in this world today," said Jeriene Bonner Grimes.

The Juneteenth celebration starts Friday night at 7 p.m. with an evening under the stars that includes music and spoken word. The event is free and goes until Sunday.

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