Leesburg Community Development Corporation Hosts Annual Juneteenth Celebration
BY LOUIS C. WARD
LEESBURG - Music, food, entertainment, train rides, fun and vendors were all included in the 14th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday, June 17th at Berry Park in Carver Heights in Leesburg, Florida.
Sponsored by the West Leesburg Community Development Corporation (WLCDC), the annual program recognized Juneteenth, a national holiday, which highlights the end of slavery in the United States with President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the American Civil War in 1863.
However, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865(Juneteenth Day) when Union Army Major General Gordon Granger notified the slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free and the Civil War had ended in 1863.
Leesburg’s civil and community representatives and residents attended the annual event, which included Leesburg Center for the Arts’ Heartbeat Project, dance groups, vintage cars, Universal Kings Motorcycle Club, clowns, face painting, competitive games, raising of the United States and Juneteenth Flags, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing of the American and Negro National Anthems and more.
Leesburg’s Mayor Bob Bone and his wife volunteered and served snow cones to participants. The Leesburg Fire and Police Departments were participants in the parade.
Lueverne Montez, Vice President of WLCDC, said I was very pleased with the outcome and the activities for our annual Juneteenth Celebration; it was a great day.