LYNCHBURG, Va. – As the country recognizes Juneteenth as a national holiday, a celebration in the Hill City aims to help people understand the history.
The Lynchburg Juneteenth Coalition is hosting a virtual event at the Academy Center of the Arts. It will feature African drummers and dancers, a reading of the Juneteenth prayer and the Emancipation Proclamation.
“We want [residents] to at least get together with their families, to learn their history, to learn about their ancestors, to support black-owned businesses, to just gather,” said Phyllistine Mosley, chair of the Lynchburg Juneteenth Coalition.
The event will be live-streamed on the Academy Center of the Arts Facebook page starting Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m.