Juneteenth celebration organized for June 17

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Martin Luther King Drive in Minden will be the site of a Juneteenth celebration between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

Michael Walker, one of the coordinators said there will be bounce houses for kids, water slides, bingo, food vendors, music, arts and crafts and more.

“It’s not just for one part of the city,” Walker told members of the Minden City Council Monday. “It’s for the whole city of Minden, and we want everyone to come celebrate.”

There will be a history of Juneteenth and stories of freedom.

“We’ll have something for everyone,” he said.

According to JUNETEENTH.com, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were free.