A Juneteenth event celebrating Black culture and history will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Mill on Etowah, 225 Reformation Parkway in Canton.

The free to attend event, hosted by Cherokee County Democrats Diversity and Inclusion Committee, will feature live music, guest speakers, food, and a variety of Black-owned businesses. 

"This event is presented for everyone in Cherokee County to enjoy," said Miranda Wicker, communications director for the local Democratic party. "We wanted to make sure we presented Black-owned businesses to the community and give them a day to shine at a fun and inclusive event."

Singer Laurieann Jazzwine will provide the live music, providing cover versions of a number of hits throughout the duration of the event.

Food trucks will be present and will include Joe's Lonestar Tacos, Guthrie's of Canton, and Kona Ice, among several others, Wicker said.  

The Juneteenth event will also feature American Sign Language interpreters for those who have a hearing impairment. 

"Juneteenth is a significant part of Black culture, and we hope that this won't be the last Juneteenth event," Wicker said. "Our hope is that this event is just the beginning."

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. The day serves as a time of celebration of Black history, progress, and culture. The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday to make Juneteenth a nationally recognized federal holiday. Wednesday, the bill was headed to the U.S. House.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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