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Rantoul’s first Juneteenth celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 in Wabash Park, Rantoul.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation announcement on June 19, 1865 by Union Army General Gordon Granger to slaves in Texas. Champaign businessman and minister Raynard Glass, a graduate of Rantoul Township High School, will speak about the holiday.
Activities are planned for all ages, including arts and crafts, story time, games, DJ, music and spoken word performances and a fashion show through the decades.
Local restaurants and food trucks will be on hand with food for purchase or bring a picnic.
Program will begin at 1pm with words and proclamation by Mayor Charles Smith.
For more information, please contact Tamilka Thompson at (217) 766-8483 or by email email@example.com.