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juneteenth festival mission statement

The Wilson Juneteenth Festival is a vibrant educational and cultural celebration of FREEDOM, deeply rooted in the history and community of North Carolina. As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, our festival uniquely honors this legacy by preserving the historical significance of June 19, 1865, with a particular focus on North Carolina’s journey towards freedom. Celebrating African American freedom and achievements, the festival embraces varied cultural expressions to educate and elevate awareness specifically in Wilson and the broader North Carolina community. By promoting diversity, instilling local pride, and encouraging volunteerism, the Wilson Juneteenth Festival fosters community engagement and respect for all cultures, making it a cornerstone event for unity and reflection in our community.

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