The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
(BCRI) hosts Juneteenth Culture Fest the first Saturday in June from 11 am to 8 pm at Kelly Ingram Park in the historic
Civil Rights District. The public is invited to this free, family-oriented
event that features music, food vendors, contests, free admission to BCRI
galleries and other special activities.
Juneteenth is the oldest known
celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, dating
back to June 19, 1865. The BCRI
celebration not only focuses on African American freedom, but also celebrates
liberty and justice for all cultures. Alabama recently
became the 40th state to declare Juneteenth (June 19) a state
holiday. For more information about BCRI
Juneteenth Culture Fest, call 328-9696, x 234.