Juneteenth Celebration in Carbondale

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI)June 19, 2022 will mark just the second year that Juneteenth is celebrated as an officially recognized holiday. But in Carbondale, Illinois Juneteenth celebrations have been going on for much longer. 

Carolin Harvey, board member and treasurer of African American Museum, says that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Carbondale for about 15 to 20 years.  

Juneteenth is a celebration of the emancipation of slaves in 1865 and it was recognized as a federally holiday on June 17, 2021.  

Harvey says remembering the history behind the holiday is a reason why everyone should come together during the celebration.  

“I think it’s important not just for the city of Carbondale but for everyone to acknowledge first of all the history behind Juneteenth but also to use it as a tool to come together and unite the community,” said Harvey. 

As part of the African American Museum’s focus, they will be hosting events to bring people together.  

From Monday to Sunday the museum will work with organizations like the Southern Illinois Black Resource Center and the NAACP to provide events for everyone.  

“You have a love for the community and allow for people to learn and know about things so hopefully the community meaning, not just Carbondale but all of southern Illinois will come out and support the events,” said Harvey.  

The Juneteenth celebration will begin with a march at 5 p.m. on June 13 at the Rock Hill Baptist church.  

For more information contact African American Museum at 618-457-2217. 

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