By Algene Strickland
ALICEVILLE-The City of Aliceville celebrated their first annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 18, 2022 with at least 200 participants. A guest also had to be picked up from the airport in Aliceville to join in the festivities.
Food was surrounded by home southern cuisines along with great music given by the Debbie Bond Band, Radiator Rick, several gospel groups and Aliceville Crusaders.
During the event, a tribute was given to Aliceville’s native son, the late blues man, Willie King along with the discussion of the history surrounding the Juneteenth holiday.
On June 19, 1865, the Union Soldiers arrived in Texas with news that the war had ended and slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.
The day was a celebration of culture and freedom. Mayor Terrence Windham and his team thank everyone that made this event a success.
See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.