This month marks the anniversary of a holiday known as Juneteenth. It commemorates the delivery of the message of the end of slavery to a group of slaves in Galveston, Texas, in June 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect in the United States. A local event to mark Juneteenth will take place Saturday in Alton.
Saturday will be the 21st official observance of Juneteenth and the event will be held at James Killion Park at Salu and Washington in Alton from 10am to 4pm. Marquato Rattler is the Coordinator and co-Chairperson of the local Juneteenth celebration committee. She says the event reflects the organization's mission.
Rattler says the program will include a variety of music and speakers including Alton Mayor Brant Walker. There will also be various booths providing free health care screenings and local vendors will be selling food, drinks, jewelry, and art during the event.