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Celebrate Freedom on Juneteenth

What Is Juneteenth?

According to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Juneteenth “marks our country’s second independence day.”

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and 2,000 US Army troops marched into Galveston, Texas, to announce that all enslaved African American people were free.

In Texas, African Americans have celebrated Juneteenth since 1866. It became an official Texas holiday in 1979, and a federal holiday in 2021.

In honor of Juneteenth, the library will be closed on Monday, June 19th, 2023.

Children/Youth Fun Day and Juneteenth Resource Fair

Friday, June 16th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Clinton Hayden Park, Nicholasville, KY 40356, at the corner of Chestnut and Jefferson Street.

We’re excited to join this community celebration of Juneteenth! Look for us at the Jessamine Events Mobile (J.E.M.), where we’ll have free books and fun activities.

  • Performance by the Kentucky Elite Step Team, sponsored by the Jessamine County Public Library
  • Education and community resources
  • Free food and drinks provided by the Nicholasville Police Department and others
  • Fun games, activities, and fellowship with others
  • Free giveaways, trinkets, treats, books, etc.
  • Music provided by Eyewoo Productions

Coordinated and hosted by Gospel Word Missionary Church Community Outreach Program “Beyond the Walls,” with funding provided by Save the Children Organization.

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