2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration at SOKY Marketplace

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Historically, June 19th, 1865 commemorates the end of slavery in our country.

Now, June 19 known as Juneteenth has officially been declared a federal holiday.

The Bowling Green Freedom Walkers and the SOKY Marketplace partnered up for the 2nd Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration.

Some in attendance spoke about the importance of the event.

“So it’s a very emotional time, but it’s also a time that we’re able to express gratitude and love for our culture and just being black women and black men and it’s really great to see that our country’s coming together and recognizing the importance of unity, and that we’re able to celebrate as a community as well,” says Nitaya Walker who is a mental health advocate.

Devanee Lasley adds, “I’m from Bowling Green, so being able to see my community and the people in my community come together to you know, have a Juneteenth celebration and really bring awareness to this is just amazing and I’m just, I’m just blessed and happy to see you know how far Bowling Green has come.”

“Next year come out to this celebration, it is fun, says Gabe Ferguson.

At the last minute Charles Booker, the keynote guest speaker was not able to attend, his mother was the event in his presence.

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