Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in America. Piedmont Virginia Community College is once again hosting a series of community events for the occasion this weekend.
The freedom celebration called Juneteenth is in its 15th year at PVCC. Organizers say gifted re-enactors will be there to share history in a friendly way.
The events start Friday night with a salute to the ancestors that includes drumming, libation, poetry, and the playing of taps.
On Saturday, there will be a guided re-enactment of the passage of slaves from Africa to America, a puppet performance about the Underground Railroad, and other exhibits. There will also be a special tribute to Maya Angelou.
“Theater group will be presenting Gods Traveling Shoes that tracks Maya Angelou's wonderful life through her words and some of her life story,” said Tarmyra Turner, ceremony organizer.
The events take place in and around the V. Earl Dickinson building at PVCC in Albemarle County.
The events are free and open to the public. Events are rain or shine. For more information, click here.
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