Alton Residents will commemorate the anniversary of end of slavery in the United States Saturday at James Killion Park at Salu during the annual Juneteenth celebration. While slavery has been gone for generations in the United States, Juneteenth is a commemoration of the message of the end of slavery being delivered to the final group of slaves in Texas in June of 1865.
Minister Joyce Elliott is the original Coordinator of the local Juneteenth celebration committee. She tells The Big Z the program will be very special.
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The program will run from 10am to 5pm and is free. In addition to the speakers and music there will also be a health fair with the mobile unit from Lewis and Clark Community College doing cholesterol screenings, and OSF St. Anthony’s Hospital providing blood pressure and blood sugar screenings. Many craft and food vendors will also be present.