Annual Juneteenth Freedom Day at Fort Negley slated for June 27

A re-enactor will represent Harriet Tubman.

A re-enactor will represent Harriet Tubman.

The community will gather at Fort Negley, 1000 Fort Negley Blvd., to celebrate the annual Juneteenth-Freedom Day, sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc., Fort Negley and Metro Parks Nashville on June 27.

This is an effort to “protect, preserve and perpetuate freedom,” as stated as the event slogan.

This free event is open to the public and will take place from 10 am-3 pm.

The Juneteenth celebration will begin with a brief program prior to the tour of Fort Negley. This program will reveal the Youth Essay Awards, share screenings of the Abolitionists and provide entertainment in song.

Juneteenth is noted as being the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates the freedom of African Americans, also emphasizing education and achievement. It is nationally celebrated for a day, a week, or in some areas the entire month of June is marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings.

Juneteenth is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Although it has now been celebrated across the nation for 150 years, Juneteenth continues to grow in popularity. This signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due.

“In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions join hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society,” according to national Juneteenth organizers.

Throughout this day in Nashville, there are several activities scheduled that will share information regarding the history of Fort Negley and the importance of freedom and slavery.

There are several interesting displays that are filled with historical family photos and albums that tell the stories of the past.

“This is definitely an event for the entire family,” said organizers.

Children and adults can participate in many games and activities, meet the 13th United States Colored Troops and talk with re-enactors, such as Harriet Tubman.

The event will be fun, entertaining and informative, complete with door prizes.

Fort Negley is located at 1000 Fort Negley Blvd.