Juneteenth celebration in Biloxi

While Friday may have officially been Juneteenth, Biloxi residents celebrated the holiday Saturday afternoon at John Henry Beck Park.

Anyone could come participate in the festivities including free hot dogs, a water slide, and a presentation of General Order no. 3 read by Union Army General Granger in Galveston, Texas back on June 19th, 1865.

Like many other events, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed the Biloxi NAACP’s original plans for the celebration.

However, with the recent death of George Floyd and the protests about racial inequality that erupted following Floyd’s death, Gordon Jackson of the Biloxi NAACP says the group had renewed energy to make sure the celebration happened.  “Most of our expenses here at this event are free or in kind have been given away because people wanted this to happen. And the city of Biloxi, the parks and recreation, and the mayor, and everything gave full support to help make this happen and so we’re appreciative of that and just the will and the spirit of people here in the community.”

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