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Eastpointe will host its first Juneteenth celebration on June 19 at the City Hall courtyard.

The event is being coordinated by the city’s Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission and commission chair Wanda Moody said she expects the event will grow and evolve each year.

“Last year I had a tent at the Gratiot Cruise representing Juneteenth and I the year before that, the former mayor had a Juneteenth event, but this is the jump start for a city event,” said Moody.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when 250,000 slaves in the state of Texas learned of President Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation two years after it was issued and were declared free by the U.S. Army.

The Eastpointe Juneteenth celebration will feature the George Washington Carver Dance Academy Club, singer Arnesia Jones, music from the Sound Proof Band and comments from Mayor Michael Klinefelt and Pastor Kevin Lancaster of the Love Life Family Christian Center.

“We will have speakers explaining the reason for celebrating Juneteenth and we will have some stickers and different swag to give away too,” Moody said.

There will be food trucks and other vendors as well.

The event runs from 4-7 p.m. and Moody advises attendees to bring their lawn chairs and blankets and plan on staying to enjoy all of the entertainment.

Warren will hold its second annual Juneteenth event on June 22, 4-10 p.m., at Warren City Hall.

The Inna Zone Band featuring Nina Simone and the Big Soul Band featuring Smoke Jones will provide the entertainment. There will be a special presentation from 2-3 p.m. celebrating freedom.

The Warren event is hosted by the Warren Cultural Commission, Macomb NAACP, Michigan Families for Fair Care, the Papasian Library for Equity and Inclusion, and resident Michael Howard.