The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs is proud to announce they have selected Donell Jones as the headlining act for the third annual Juneteenth Celebration.
The event is set for Saturday, June 15, from 5-9 p.m. in the North Plaza of the State Capitol Complex.
“Each year, HHOMA’s Juneteenth celebration gets bigger and better”, said Jill Upson, Executive Director. “We are excited about all of our West Virginia performers, and very pleased to welcome Award-Winning recording artist, Donell Jones to our great state.”
Jones returned in 2006 with Journey of a Gemini and in 2009 with The Lost Files.
The Juneteenth Celebration will also include performances by McKenzie and Jasmyne Gray, Wild & Wonderful WV Dancers (W3), QT Girl, Karma and 3 Chill, Leisha Gray, Kanawha Players, Jamela Brown, and Kingston Price.
This is the third year that HHOMA has hosted the Juneteenth Celebration in partnership with FestivALL Charleston. This year it will be held at the State Capitol Complex complete with games, prizes, crafts, vendors, food and more. This event is free of charge and open to the public. Prizes for children will be awarded at the end of the evening.
Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, is a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and more generally the emancipation of African slaves throughout the Confederate South on June 19. The word Juneteenth derives from a combination of “June” and “nineteenth.
This 2019 celebration on the State Capitol grounds marks a day of camaraderie, food and history full of family entertainment and various vendors. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
This is a free event and open to the public.
For more information visit MinorityAffairs.wv.gov, @WVHHOMA, or call 304-356-2023.