The Floyd County Library's Juneteenth Celebration will kick off on Saturday, June 19th at 10:30 AM with a ribbon-cutting for a library mural painted by nationally renowned artist Jaylin Stewart, whose work highlights the lives and experiences of African Americans.
Kuvebo, a West African drumming group, will perform songs in traditional languages, using flutes, thumb pianos, and djembe drums. Music entertainment will also be provided by DJ Meow, a young musician who is featured in the library mural.
Guests can learn about the history of Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S., through a lively reenactment combining storytelling, drama, and songs. Pamela McMichael, Makalani Bandele, and Aletha Fields will also offer poetry readings and spoken word performances.
Kids can enjoy activities, including creating musical rain sticks and designing their own freedom flags. Goodie bags will feature additional take-home crafts and books. Free hotdogs for kids 18 and under. Refreshments will be available for all guests. Door prizes will be given away, including gift cards to local businesses and a kalimba, a type of African thumb piano.