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Juneteenth scheduled for June 17

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Monday, April 24, 2017

Join the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for its annual Juneteenth celebration on June 17.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as a celebration of African American emancipation has spread across the United States and beyond. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

To celebrate the holiday, MTCC will host a free street festival on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 6 p.m., which will include family-friendly entertainment as well as learning opportunities.

Highlights of this year’s event will include:

Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of national recording artists to perform at Juneteenth! Local artists scheduled to perform include Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe, Genine Perez, Tasha McIntosh, Big John Miller Band, Gloryland Pastor’s Choir and Mabelvale Middle School Drumline.

Organizations or individuals who would like to contribute to the event as a sponsor or as an event vendor should contact Brian Rodgers at 501-683-3636 or by email.

Attendees will also be invited to view a new exhibit at the museum, Not Forgotten: An Arkansas Family Album, which features the work of documentary portrait photographer Nina Robinson and opens June 15.

For more information, call MTCC at 501-683-3593 or visit www.mosaictemplarscenter.com. MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock, AR 72201.