King St. shuts down for Juneteenth block party

King St. shuts down for Juneteenth block party

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – To commemorate the end of slavery, organizations and community members came together for a Juneteenth block party Wednesday night.

To kick off the 40th year of the MOJA Arts Festival, the City of Charleston’s Community Services Section hosted the Juneteenth on King celebration from 6 to 9 p.m.

The celebration included outdoor dining, live music, dancing and artisan craft vendors.

Many people from all cultures lined up and down the block. “The Legacy of Motown Band” and “Deninufay African Drum and Dance” had performances.

Children and families danced to the live music, and two first-time visitors to the Lowcountry said it’s nothing but a positive atmosphere.

“It’s everything I could ever imagine. It’s a very nice historical city, and everyone is friendly. It’s an electrifying atmosphere,” visitor Alonzo Ricks said.

He also said the block party was a time for people to come together and unite as one because that’s what the holiday is about.

Juneteenth is a day to commemorate the ending of slavery on June 19, 1865.

“It’s an amazing thing. There’s a lot of events happening across the low country. Whether it’s here, whether it’s over at the IAAM, whether it’s in North Charleston, but we’re just really proud that everybody celebrates this day, yes,” MOJA Arts Festival Artistic Director Charlton Singleton said.

Juneteenth was officially declared a holiday in 2021 but has often been celebrated since 1865. The last group of slaves was announced their freedom on June 19, 1865, in Texas.

The MOJA Arts Festival will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6.

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