African American Contributions - Preserving Black History One Story at a Time
African American Contributions - Preserving Black History One Story at a Time

Juneteenth Celebration - 2010

African Americans around the country celebrate Juneteenth Day.  On June 19, 1865, two months after the surrender of General Lee and more than two years after Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, General Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3 . . . all slaves are free . . .

African American
Heritage Celebration

NOON TO 8:00 pm

Located at the corner of Tulagi Place and Rte. 235
in downtown Lexington Park, Maryland

  Featuring: Featuring:
5K Race/ Walk
  • Pioneers of the Past Awards
  • African Dance and Drumming
  • Children's Games and Activities
  • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church Choir
  • SoMd Community Gospel Choir
  • First Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir
  • Soul in Motion
  • Winfield Parker and Praise
  • The New Briscoe Brothers
  • No Puff Daddy
  • Jazz Performer Jaared

The - 2010 Juneteenth Celebration Brings Joy to Community

The - 2010 Juneteenth Celebration Brings Joy to Community

2010 Juneteenth Celebration
Brings Joy to Community

The 2010 Juneteenth Celebration cheered freedom, accomplishment, and respect for all cultures at Freedom Park June 19. In its seventh year, the annual event brought people together to celebrate General Gordon Granger's proclamation, "…all slaves are free."

Pioneers of Our Past Awards were presented to Ms. Everlyn Swales Holland, whose civil rights and pro-community actions in St. Mary's County garnered recognition, and Ms. Lucille Clifton, an influential poet and educator whose "Sharing Our Stories, Building Our Community" project inspired St. Mary's students to explore and share their histories. Crofton, Maryland's Poet Laureate 1979-1985, passed away in Feb. 2010.

A rousing invocation by Great Mills High School graduate and NAS Pax Command Chaplain Christilene Whalen and recognitions of support by Dr. Janice Walthour got the program rolling. Local leaders, like Commissioner President Jack Russell, Delegate John Bohanan and Sen. Roy Dyson shared comments of support for Juneteenth and hosts, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions.

Dyson announced the passing of a bond bill which will supply funding for the long-in-the-works United States Colored Troops and Union Veterans of the Civil War Memorial. While fundraising continues, Juneteenth Event Coordinator and UCAC Vice President Mike Brown said he hoped the monument could be completed by next Veteran's Day.

Attendees were treated to an array of entertainment. A high-energy performance by Soul In Motion, an African dance and drum group got the audience moving. The crowd also enjoyed performances by R & B group Winfield Parker and Praise, The New Briscoe Brothers, the Southern Md. Community Gospel Choir, First Missionary Baptist Church Youth Choir, and D.C. jazz artist Jaared.

Kids enjoyed shows by Super Magic Man Reggie Rice and health educator and motivational rap artist No Puff Daddy, whose show encouraged youngsters to get active and eat well. They were also treated to balloon animals, sweet treats and horse rides, thanks to Antonio and Paula Lunsford of Bowie.

A true community event, booths with information from the library, the health department, Dept. of Aging, museums, churches and other groups let citizens know about the great programs in St. Mary's County. Many picked up tasty eats from the food vendors and shopped for a variety of wares.

In accepting recognition for the longstanding support of Lott Enterprises of Md., Inc., UCAC Founder Elmer Brown talked about the many stones gathered for the African-American Monument that is the centerpiece of Freedom Park. He encouraged citizens to participate in the Buy-a-brick program, saying, "Your name will go down in the walks of history."

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2010 Juneteenth/USCT Memorial 5K Run/Walk

[Click here for race results]

2010 Juneteenth Photos

Juneteenth 2010 has received pledges from the groups and corporations listed below:

Platinum Sponsors

Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions LOTT Enterprises of Maryland St Mary's County Government St. Mary's County Arts Council

Gold Sponsors

Maryland State Department of Education

Silver Sponsors

St. Mary's County Tourism - Where the Potomac and the Chesapeake Meet

Bronze Sponsors

Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative - SMECO Wyle Corporation College of Southern Maryland
Mary Somerville - Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions  

Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions • PO Box 1457 • Lexington Park, MD 20653 •

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