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Juneteenth Observation

Jun 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


June 14 | 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall-Council Chambers

Join us for a performance of Darrel Stover’s “Run on Water,” a family story of emancipation and reunion. It examines the Black experience in coastal North Carolina during the Civil War, as a father searches for his wife and son.


June 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Downtown Park

Reflect and rejoice with us at Cary’s first Juneteenth event, celebrating the commemoration of the end of slavery. We’ve planned special activities for the whole family designed to engage, educate, and connect.

Food Vendors
Corner Boys BBQ

Art Vendors
Black Ball
Ngozi Design Group
La Luz Eats

Freedom Roads/African American Heritage Commission
US Colored Troops/NC Museum of History
NC Black Storytellers
Friends of the Page-Walker Art and History Museum


10 a.m.             African American Dance Ensemble 
Procession to the Stage followed by Performance

10:25 a.m.        Shavon Russell Jones – vocalist

10:40 a.m.        Welcome, acknowledgements and proclamation
                          Town Representatives, Juneteenth Committee Members

10:50 a.m.        Angela Thorpe
                          Director of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission

11 a.m.             Pleasant Grove Church Music Ministry

11:20 a.m.        Willa Brigham and North Carolina Black Storytellers
Spoken Word/Storytelling

11:45 a.m.        Caique Vidal/Oxente
Community Band Performance

12:10 p.m.        Brent Miller, Friends of the Page-Walker
                          Conversation: From Slavery to Freedom-Cary’s Regional History

12:20 p.m.        US Colored Troop: Legacy and History
Earl Ijames, Curator, NC Museum of History
Malcolm Beech, US Colored Troop Reenactors

12:45 p.m.        Poems of Honor and Celebration
Press Play Poetz

1 p.m.                Closing performance
Freddy Greene, Saxophone


Jun 15, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm