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City's Collaborative Juneteenth Celebration Calls For Unity In The Community

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This year's collaborative team (top row, second from left) stand ready, surrounded by a few memories from past Juneteenth celebrations.
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Curry & Ridley see this city-wide effort as a way to unite and plant seeds for the future.

With Juneteenth on the horizon, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Fort Wayne is gearing up for its 18th annual local celebration with a community-wide collaborative effort that will showcase a week long series of special events.

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The collaboration, called Freedom Day Juneteenth FW2021, begins this Sunday, June 13th with an Elders Jubilee and ends on Saturday, June 19th, the officially observed date, with a Promenade to McMillen Park for an afternoon and evening of entertainment .

For a look at what's in store, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with project director, Adrian Curry and committee member, Chief Condra Ridley, to discuss the scope of the planned festivities, the significance of this collaboration and how it will live up to its tagline, "Unity in the Community."

Event Information:

Freedom Day Juneteenth FW2021, Fort Wayne
Sunday, June 13th through Saturday, June 19th

Elder Jubilee
Sunday, June 13th @ Turner Chapel
2:00pm-4:00pm

Art Leadership Center Ceremony & Promenade
Saturday, June 19th Begins @ Weisser Park
10:30am
Find more information and a complete listing of events & activities on the JuneteenthFW 2021 Facebook page.

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