|Andrew Cauthen||Quinn Hudson|
|Communications Manager||Chief Communications Officer|
|404-371-2806 (o)||404-371-2813 (o)|
|470-553-4408 (c)||470-522-8923 (c)|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2021
DeKalb Observes its First Official Juneteenth County Holiday
DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond
DeKalb County Board of Commissioners
Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett
NAACP President Teresa Hardy
Hank Stewart, poet laureate
Pastor Jeffree Fauntleroy, The House of Hope Atlanta
DeKalb County will commemorate Juneteenth, the ending of slavery in the United States. Traditionally, Juneteenth has been recognized since June 19, 1865, as the date on which Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that slaves were now free. The first celebration of Juneteenth occurred the following year, in 1866, and it is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at the event.
Tomorrow, Friday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City of Decatur Bandstand Decatur Square (509 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA 30030)