Juneteenth is the anniversary commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Mesa County celebrated this historic day with an event in Lincoln Park.
The Black Citizens and Friends organization hosted its second annual celebration for Juneteenth, offering a place for people of all colors to learn about black history and culture, and gather for a holiday made for everyone to partake in. Recognizing this holiday helps build the local established community and changes the perspective of people just joining in.
“This event has given me a great feeling of welcome and open,” Jackie King shares, “Being a new resident here, this event that this is a community that I can drive in and enjoy the culture in the Western Slope.”
Juneteenth was deemed a federal holiday on June 17 this year, the first one signed since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
With the city of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Town of Palisade proclaiming Juneteenth locally, the impact will carry on through collaboration, education, and appreciation.