REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (WSYX) — A special Juneteenth celebration was held Saturday in Reynoldsburg that brought the community together for a living history lesson.
It was a day of celebration, education, and fun. The city hosted its 3rd annual Juneteenth celebration. The theme for the event, 'rooted in our legacy.'
In 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
"This is a time of fun, family, and fellowship. Why is it important for our children to know about our history? It is important so they truly know who they are. It’s important so we truly embrace our true authentic selves,” Reynoldsburg City Councilwoman Meredith Lawson-Rowe said.
The family-friendly event was aimed at not only educating the public but also bringing people together in peace. A weekend of celebration bringing history to life.
“Look it’s a family affair. Everybody can now celebrate who we are as a culture,” Tonya Kelly with Empower our Youth Foundation said.