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Juneteenth celebrations set across state

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published June 11, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

Celebrations commemorating the end of slavery in the United States are planned across Arkansas starting this weekend.

Several activities are planned throughout the week to mark the official date when both slavery and the Civil War ended — June 19, 1865, also called Juneteenth.

On Saturday, the Ralph Bunche Community Development Corporation will host the Benton Juneteenth Celebration at 3 p.m. in Ralph Bunche Park. The communitywide celebration will include entertainment, face-painting, family activities, a children’s play area and a free meal of hot dogs and hamburgers.

At 5 p.m., the Second Baptist Saints of Little Rock will challenge team Go Huge of Benton in a co-ed softball game at the park, 4500 Arkansas 5 North. More information is available by contacting Evelyn Reed at (501) 776-7122.

The 17th annual Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday at Murphy Park in Springdale. The theme of this year’s event is “Black is Beautiful, Black is Healthy,” and the celebration will feature a health fair, live music, a cookout, ice cream and activities for all ages. All activities are free and public. More information about the Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebration is available at www.nwajuneteenth.org.

On June 21, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, 501 W. Ninth St., will host a free street festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will include children’s activities, food vendors and live entertainment including gospel, blues, R&B/soul and spoken-word performances.

At 1 p.m., the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity, Arkansas Educational Television Network and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will also present a free preview screening of American Experience: Freedom Summer. The movie will be shown in the third floor auditorium of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center followed by a panel discussion. Seating is limited for the screening, and reservations may be made by going to www.ualr.edu/race-ethnicity.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 11, 2014 at noon

Slavery is alive and well in America still today. Just look at all the souls on the Government Plantation.

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Oh, DKKKA....you so cray cray!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... June 11, 2014 at 1:04 p.m.

goo, if you where A black person and could see the welfare junkies that are in the Black Community you would know of what I say.

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GrimReaper says... June 11, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

DDDKA, the Leftist elites would like to see all of us on that plantation......with themselves
as masters of course. 'Useful idiots' like goo goo are their willing pawns.

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punk47 says... June 11, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

What a bunch of crap.

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1respectonly2 says... June 11, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

Do any of you ever have any joy in life?

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 3:55 p.m.

If I where what now?

Eat paint chips much, DKKKA?

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djigoo says... June 11, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.

Oh, GrammaRaper...yer mah favoryt Christchun!

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sgtbob6606140841 says... June 11, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

Another Texas celebration co-opted by other states. June 19, 1865, was not the date marking the end of the Civil War or of slavery. A simple search will show June 19, 1865, as the day slaves in Texas were notified of freedom. Lee surrendered two months before. Do newspaper writers not study history?

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sgtbob6606140841 says... June 11, 2014 at 7:43 p.m.

I always thought online corrections relatively easy, when an inaccuracy was pointed out. Not to labor the point, but editors as well as writers bear responsibility for inaccurate statements of history. "... the official date when both slavery and the Civil War ended — June 19, 1865, also called Juneteenth." That is just flat out wrong. But, it's only history.

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