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APSU to host Juneteenth Celebration on June 17th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At 6:00pm on June 17th, 2021, Austin Peay State University (APSU) will host its inaugural Juneteenth celebration, “Juneteenth Freedom Day Unchained,” at the University’s Spirit Rock across from the Dunn Center.

Juneteenth Celebration to be held on the campus of Austin Peay State University on June 17th. (APSU)

The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Engagement (SLE) and the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (WNDAACC), is free and open to the public.

“Juneteenth means a lot to me; it’s a day that I get to celebrate that neither my children nor myself ever had to deal with a day in bondage,” Harold Wallace III, WNDAACC director, said. 

On June 19th, 1865 – two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation – federal soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, officially ending slavery in the United States. The day, now known as Juneteenth, is one of the country’s oldest African American holidays. 

“We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and all of the many sacrifices they had to make to survive,” Wallace III said. “Now I get the opportunity to help push my children to not only survive but excel.”

The Austin Peay State University event will provide historical information about the holiday, performances, and vendors from local, Black-owned businesses. The celebration will conclude with a fireworks show at sunset. 

Last year, Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts signed a proclamation recognizing June 19th as Juneteenth in the city. In February, the Clarksville City Council designated Juneteenth as a paid holiday for city employees.

For information and to RSVP, visit the event page on PeayLink.


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