The fourth Saturday in June of each year is set-aside for the Commemoration and Celebration of Juneteenth, the FREEDOM day established by African American to remember June 19, 1865 when men, women and children in bondage were finally notified of their LIBERATION by the Union Army.
On June 28, an overflow crowd attended the Juneteenth Event. Featured were six contestants in the YOUTH ESSAY CONTESTANT, an Enactment of Harriet Tubman, noted black UGRR Conductor; the Male Choir of Clark UMC, and displays of quilts and scrapbooks of families presented by Rev. Barbara Wood. Student contestants ages 12 – 17 included Adriana Batey, James Croom, Desmond and Dominique Davis, and Adric and Elizabeth Kimbrough. Elizabeth also enacted Harriet Tubman. Drs. Blondell Kimbrough and Tommie Morton-Young Awarded the Certificates to Essay contestants. Andrew Cunningham, 2014 Essay Winner was in attendance along with his father.
Key leadership for the 2015 Event included M. Perl Murray Dunn, Dr. Blondell Kimbrough, Dr. Gloria Johnson, and Founder Dr. Tommie Morton-Young. Rev. Barbara Woods displayed her family and art Work. Tracy Harris and Ms. Krissa Castello were key figures in administration at Fort Negley, and oversaw the film festival, the Fort Tour, and food distribution. Metro Parks and Recreation provided, games and ‘face painting.’