Rosa Parks Museum prepares to celebrate Juneteenth

Montgomery Juneteenth celebration Saturday

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum is hosting a Juneteenth celebration this weekend. Friday dozens of volunteers were busy preparing.

Juneteenth is the oldest know celebration to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is celebrated June 19, in recognition of this date in 1865 when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and the slaves were free.

“Being reminded of when freedom came for African-Americans, I think it is motivation to continue in the struggle for freedom," said Rosa Parks Museum Director Dr. Felica Bell.

Bell says everything they do always relates to the legacy of Parks and Saturday is no different.

“Her grandparents were enslaved they taught her independence and self confidence and self awareness. All of those things influenced her decision to keep her seat on the bus that day on Dec. 1, 1965," said Bell.

The Rosa Parks Museum is planning a big celebration Saturday, with local performers and vendors, food, arts and crafts, a children’s play area and free admission to the museum. This will be the 3rd annual Juneteenth event at the museum. The theme this year is "Celebrating Freedom, Equality and Culture.”

Montgomery Street will be closed to traffic between Lee and Moulton Streets between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday.

This is considered an Alabama Bicentennial event.

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