CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - On Friday night, people in Charlottesville celebrated Juneteenth, which remembers all the challenges that former slaves faced following their freedom.

People shared the stories and legacies of influential African Americans from Charlottesville. Organizers say holding the event at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center helps people learn about the city's unique past with the holiday. 

"I think the opportunity to meet old friends, get a little education, share some food. Juneteenth is all about food and family as well. So all of that is part of what we do and so yeah I think people appreciate having it closer to home and more easily accessible,” said Andrea Douglas, event organizer.

There will be more events across central Virginia celebrating Juneteenth throughout the weekend.