Juneteenth celebrations are already underway in Lynchburg.

Juneteenth celebrates the date of June 19, 1865, when enslaved people of African descent located in Galveston, Texas, finally learned of their freedom from the slavery system in the United States.

At the old city cemetery, the community can come out on Friday for some fun and music by Tony Camm.

Ashleigh Meyer, a manager of marketing and historical research, is excited about the event.

“We are having what we consider to be the kickoff event for Lynchburg’s sort of Juneteenth celebration, and we are hosting Tony Camm. There should be a pretty good turnout for this,” Meyer said.

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There are also food vendors and a beer garden. Meyer said it’s important to celebrate Juneteenth, as it becomes a more popular and recognized holiday.

“For us as a city and us specifically as a historical site to spread the word and spread the word why this holiday is significant. Here at old city cemetery 2/3 of our population is African American,” Meyer said.

With events like this, Meyer said their legacy can be celebrated.

“This is our third year doing this event. We started when we dedicated our pathway to pride, which is our memorial walkway to African American history, here on the ground,” Meyer said.

Meyer hopes it will inspire the public to get involved with Lynchburg’s history.

“What we really want is for them to come back another day after they came here for the first time tonight and ask us questions,” Meyer said.

The concert is from 6:00 to 8:30 Friday night, tickets cost $10.