April 29, 2021
WHAT: The Juneteenth Urban Music Festival
WHEN: Friday, April 30 @ 10 AM
WHERE: Health Sciences Park Madison Avenue @ S. Dunlap Street Memphis, TN 38103
The Juneteenth Urban Music Festival is moving from the historic Robert R. Church Park on “World Famous” Beale Street to Health Sciences Park, where the slave trader, founder of the Ku Klax Klan and confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife are buried.
Memphis is the mecca for black history and the fight for freedom in America. The move to Health Sciences Park is magnified by the fact that this will be the first year that the day is recognized by the state, county and the city of Memphis. Although the day is recognized, black people in America are still fighting for our lives and economic freedom!
Telisa Franklin, Juneteenth’s President/CEO, has partnered with Memphis Greenspace, Inc., the non-profit organization that maintains the park. The new location is a fitting move for the Juneteenth festival, which is a celebration observing the end of slavery. This year’s festival will be observed June 18 and 19.
JUNETEENTH is a holiday in the USA that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery and the freeing of the last slaves in the state of Texas on June 19, 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863. It is known also as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, and observed annually in Memphis during Father’s Day weekend as the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival.
Van D. Turner Jr., Director and President of Memphis Greenspace, Inc., board member of the Memphis Branch NAACP, and Shelby County Commissioner representing District 12. Other elected officials and community leaders are scheduled to participate as well.
Telisa Franklin @ 901-281-6337
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