Rocket City celebrates Juneteenth with an event at Lowe Mill

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — The Rocket City Juneteenth Music Fest brought together local artists, musicians and vendors at Lowe Mill Arts on Saturday to celebrate Juneteenth.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out there and meet people and do things that you wouldn’t normally do,” said attendee Chase Robinson. “We’ve been in the middle of COVID so it feels good to get out there and talk to people.”

Local businesses and vendors had the opportunity to share their art and people sat on the lawn while listening to the musical performances.

“It’s important to give African American businesses a platform on a special day like this, because I think there’s so much talent, artistry, and creativity in our culture,” he said. said participant Chester Rogers. “So letting people come and experience it is so important.”

The festival acts as a fundraiser for the United Entertainment Group Fund, an organization that supports local artists, musicians, and actors pursuing a career in the arts.

“It brings us all together. We can talk about real issues that are happening in our community,” said event spokesperson Alexia Williams. “It allows people to express themselves.

June 19 commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Remembrance Day was first celebrated in 1865, but celebrations now take place across the country. The holiday falls on Sunday, June 19, but June 19 celebrations are planned in northern Alabama throughout June.

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