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Monday, June 6, 2016 - Contact: 225-273-6439

BREC to Host Juneteenth Celebrations

The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) will host two Juneteenth celebrations at Howell Place Gym and Gus Young Park. Both events will include food, games and music and are free and open to the public.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

"Every year BREC invites the entire community to join the national celebration of the joyful day that slavery came to an end," said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. "Even as we celebrate this historic occasion, we know this is also a time to look ahead and continue the work that will make our community healthier, safer and stronger for all who live, work and play in East Baton Rouge Parish," said McKnight.

BREC, along with community partner CADAV, will host its first Juneteenth celebration on June 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 72nd Avenue Park (Howell Place Gym), located at 7717 Howell Blvd. For more information on this event, call 225-357-4779.

On June 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., BREC will host its second Juneteenth event in partnership with Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle and the Martin L. King, Jr. Community Center at Gus Young Park, located at 4200 Gus Young Ave. For more information on this event, call 225-389-7804.

It is BREC's mission to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant community by providing exceptional parks, open spaces and recreational experiences for all of East Baton Rouge Parish.

 

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