Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in America.
This week Piedmont Virginia Community College is once again hosting a series of community events to join in on the festivities and remembrance.
The name Juneteenth comes from the merging of the words June and 19. It will be celebrated a little early in Charlottesville as the events get underway Friday.
The events start Friday evening with a lakeside Tribute to the Ancestors at the amphitheater with drumming, libation, poetry, and the playing of taps. Afterwards there will be a play called "Court-Martial at Fort Devens" about a strike of black women's army corps members during World War II.
Saturday there will be a guided re-enactment of the passage of slaves from Africa to America, a puppet performance about the underground railroad, spoken word, historical re-enactments, and exhibits.
"Here what we try to do with the Juneteenth celebration is enjoy the community coming together and take that time to share aspects of African American history and culture," Tamyra Turner, the event organizer.
The events take place Friday and Saturday in and around the V. Earl Dickinson building at PVCC.
The programs are free and open to the public, and they'll go on rain or shine because many of the events can be moved indoors in necessary. Click here for more information.