Jefferson School hosts Juneteenth celebration

Jefferson School hosts Juneteenth celebration
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – People came to celebrate the freedom of all enslaved African Americans. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) is using this event to make sure people know the right information about Juneteenth.

It kicked off with a parade.

Juneteenth pride was shown through flags, dancing, music, and singing.

Leslie M. Scott-Jones, Curator of the Learning and Engagement Program at JSAAHC, helped make this happen.

“It was my job to make it happen. I’m looking around the shard with all these beautiful black people here and I think I did a wonderful job,” Scott-Jones said.

With celebration comes history lessons.

“We are always here, ready to give you the information that you don’t have. This is our day to celebrate emancipation, and how far we’ve come since then,” Scott-Jones said.

Part of the festival was the Black Business Expo teaching entrepreneurship and having businesses sell their products.

Tinya Washington is with TK Essentials.

“Maintaining black hair is not easy. It’s a trial-and-error process. Sometimes you have to go through certain products to find things,” Washington said. “Some things work. Some things don’t. But finding those haircare accessories are essential because it allows you to maintain healthy hair retention and also moisture depending on the product.”

People of all ages and as far as North Carolina came.

Xavier marched for 100 Black Men.

“I want everybody to celebrate Juneteenth. It’s an amazing holiday,” Xavier, a participant in the parade said.

The Jefferson School of African American Heritage Center has exhibits for people any day of the week. For more information, you can click here.

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