VISIT JACKSON AND THE TELL AGENCY SHARE A SLATE OF JUNETEENTH EVENTS IN THE CITY WITH SOUL
June 1, 2022
Visit Jackson, alongside The Tell Agency, hosted a press conference today at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center - the first school for African American students in the City With Soul - to share a slate of Juneteenth-themed events.
The 6th annual Juneteenth celebration on Farish Street is among those events, but many first-time events are being held throughout the city.
Celebrations include fireworks, seminars, a festival, weddings, free concerts, a business expo, and performances by the legendary Mississippi Mass Choir and two-time Grammy winner, blues legend Bobby Rush.
These events also became official Bicentennial events for Mississippi’s capital city, as Jackson continues to celebrate 200 years.
“When we partnered with Visit Jackson in celebrating 200 years, we really wanted to focus on looking to our past, our present and our future to tell a holistic story,” said David Lewis, Deputy Director of Human and Cultural Services for the City of Jackson. “Today, coming together with all these partners is the epitome of what the Bicentennial celebration is.”
Pamela DC Junior, Director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, spoke about the meaning of the celebrations.
“We’re uplifting the ancestors, and we’re uplifting you,” Junior said. “Not only should we work together on June 19 - not only should we come together - but we should teach each other about our cultures.”
Juneteenth became an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021.