City of Savannah hosts Juneteenth Walk to the River

City of Savannah hosts Juneteenth Walk to the River

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – Wednesday marks Juneteenth – the day that commemorates when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas finally learned that they were free.

The City of Savannah is hosting the inaugural Juneteenth Walk to the River.

It’s the first time the City has hosted the event but definitely isn’t the first time the City has recognized the holiday.

President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday back in 2021 but in 2020, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson declared it a city holiday.

The Walk to the River is being described as a community walk to celebrate freedom.

It’ll be just under two miles and the Mayor, who’s hosting the event, says anyone is welcome to participate.

“We’re looking forward to our entire community coming out. We’re getting it in early so people can get out early and people can enjoy their day, and also so people can get out of the heat that will probably follow later on.”

The walk begins at 8:30 a.m. It’ll start in Wells Park and end at MLK Park at Plant Riverside.

WTOC will be present for the walk so stick with us for coverage.

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