Milford Juneteenth Celebration a Wonderful Success!

Saturday, June 19, 2021 -  All In for Milford’s Juneteenth Celebration Committee hosted the 2nd Annual Juneteenth celebration on the historic Milford Green with the support of the Milford Arts Council, the Walker Family Foundation, Beth-El Center, the We Believe Coalition and the Milford Chapter of Haven’s Harvest. 

As you may know, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of Black Americans who had been enslaved. Our goal is to commemorate this historic event and honor the achievements of Black Americans as is typical of the holiday.

Juneteenth is a combination of the words “June” and "19th” and is celebrated on June 19th of each year to commemorate June 19, 1865 on which day enslaved African Americans in Texas received word that they were emancipated (two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation). 

The celebration included decorating the gazebo, a Living Monuments Initiative in which local residents presented a community engaged theater experience highlighting the contributions of various key Black historical figures, a food vendor which featured a traditional Juneteenth menu,

Black owned businesses as vendors, engaging activities with local non-profit organizations, crafts and games for children and families as well as music, poetry and storytelling.

Many of Milford’s important organizations joined in sponsoring or supporting our Juneteenth celebration. They include: The Milford Historical Society, The Milford Preservation Trust,, Milford Arts Council, Milford Public Library, Beth-El Center, Devon Rotary, Milford Speaks Out, The Boys and Girls Club of Milford, The Milford Rape Crisis Center.

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