June 19 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us at 5 p.m. at Market Plaza as we honor and celebrate African American history, music, faith, family, and freedom!
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the term “Juneteenth.” From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, observance of Juneteenth as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States, and is an official holiday recognized in 47 States and the District of Columbia.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. with a short ceremony at the north end of Market Plaza. The location is of significance as the space was once a slave auction block. Guest speakers will include:
- Loma Nevels, vice chair of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission
- Dr. W. Franklin Evans, president of West Liberty University
- Owens Brown, president of the West Virginia NAACP
- Glenn Elliott, mayor of the City of Wheeling
Music and entertainment will follow at Wheeling Heritage Port, with performances by:
- Ezra and the relative
- Tree of Life
- Logan Wojcik
- Darryl Watts
- Tony Williams
This event is presented by the Juneteenth Committee in partnership with the City of Wheeling, Wheeling Heritage, NAACP, and the YWCA Wheeling.
- June 19
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm