Celebrate Juneteenth with a free musical concert in downtown Jackson. This year’s event will feature Motown, Jazz & Gospel music featuring Phase 5 and Jackson’s own Shantelle & Terence Hawkins, along with DJ Jerome Smith. Event takes place from 4-9:30 p.m. at the CP Federal City Square.

The Juneteenth Celebration is a free community event hosted by the Jackson College Office of Multicultural Affairs. All are welcome to attend.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of freedom for African-Americans. Originally celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and originated in Galveston in 1865. The observance of Juneteenth as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes achievement.