Laurieann Jazzwine

In this 2021 photo, Laurieann Jazzwine sings at a Juneteenth celebration. She is scheduled to sing at the Cherokee County NAACP’s Juneteenth event June 18.

The Cherokee County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be hosting a Juneteenth celebration 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 at the Mill on Etowah in Canton.

Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. This holiday is considered the longest running African American holiday and has been called “America’s second Independence Day.” The holiday dates to June 19, 1865, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the news that slaves were free to the last African Americans still enslaved in the Confederacy, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Felicia Lewis, Juneteenth committee chair for the Cherokee County NAACP, said the event is free and family-friendly.

“Expect to hear from speakers about the history of Juneteenth and Cherokee County African-American history. We will showcase our local businesses as well as provide entertainment and games for children,” Lewis said in an email.

The event will have local vendors, food, live music, a DJ, games and more. Additionally, the event is rain or shine.

“Frank B will be the DJ and Saxophonist. Frank has opened for many well-known entertainers. Also, we will have Cherokee County’s own Laurieann Jazzwine sing. She sings Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Soul,” Lewis said.

This will be the local NAACP’s first time hosting a Juneteenth celebration. Lewis said Cherokee County NAACP wants to make this an annual tradition.

Lewis also said people should attend the event to learn about Juneteenth’s importance in American history.

“It is an opportunity to celebrate locally in Cherokee county and support our local businesses and also an opportunity to meet and fellowship with neighbors,” she said.

There will be 23 local vendors selling food, crafts, and services, Lewis said.

The Mill on Etowah is located at 225 Reformation Parkway, Canton.

Those interested in becoming a vendor at the event can email cherokeecountynaacp@gmail.com.

For more information, visit https://www.cherokeecountyganaacp.org or the Cherokee County NAACP Facebook page at https://bit.ly/3Q2gAh0.

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