Freedom Festival: Juneteenth Celebration in Jackson County

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We are just days away from the first ever Jackson County Freedom Festival.

Thanks to the organization CORE, a celebration in honor of Juneteenth will be held Saturday, June 15th at the Gautier City Park from 12 to 4 p.m. Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of slavery in the last state, Texas, in 1865.

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At Saturday’s event, people can expect good food, fun activities for the kids as well as free haircuts.

The founders of CORE say Juneteenth is a momentous occasion. Queen Brown, one of the CORE founders, said, “We want Jackson County to have something of its own and so we decided that Juneteenth is as monumental as Independence Day or MLK Day and we wanted to bring more awareness to Juneteenth. Why is this such a big deal? That is literally the end two years later to slavery and it’s just a celebration of black culture.”

Rain or shine, the event will go on. It’s free and open to the public.