Aiken Juneteenth Celebration
The City of Aiken announces a free Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 18, 2022, from noon to 3:00 p.m. in Founders Park next to the Center for African American History, Art & Culture (CAAHAC), located at 120 York Street, NE, Aiken, SC 29801. Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas and, more generally, the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the South. Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980, and many other states subsequently followed suit. In 2021, Juneteenth was made a Federal Holiday. The event in Aiken will be a festive and celebratory one with cultural exhibits, artists, musical performances, local vendors, and self-guided small group tours. Youth activities, and other Juneteenth crafts. The event will kick off a five-year Capital Campaign to assist in building the educational exhibits at CAAHAC. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring personal chairs for seating. To become a sponsor, vendor, or donor, visit caahac.org/Juneteenth for more information.