The City of Mansfield is proud to continue a decades-long tradition of local Juneteenth events and host this year’s Juneteenth Celebration on the first year as a nationally recognized holiday.
This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 at the Dr. Jim Vaszauskas Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W Debbie Lane. The celebration includes live music and performances, food, a kids zone, community vendors selling artisan crafts and a historical exhibit highlighting black history in Mansfield.
“For many years Mansfield’s Juneteenth has been one of coming together in remembrance and celebration and it’s important to commemorate this year’s holiday as the first as a national holiday” said Mayor Michael Evans. “I invite the community to join us whether it be for the first or hundredth time.”
Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States. This celebration pays tribute to the spirit of resilience and determination of the African American community and acknowledges their countless contributions to our country and community.
Performances include funk band Synergy, All Funk Radio, vocal group Legendary Creators, the Bethlehem Baptist Church Praise Choir, a one-woman performance about Juneteenth by Terrhonda Hillman, roller skating break dancer Denzel Allen, poet Alicia Azahar, singer Miran Pinkston, Xplosive Dance, and Xplosive Step, hosted by nationally renowned spoken word poet Mike Guinn.
Parking is free at the venue. Mansfield Police Department will be on hand to direct traffic in and out of the center.
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