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Celebrate Freedom with Mosaic Templars Juneteenth 2012 Community Street Festival
Celebrate Freedom with Mosaic Templars Juneteenth 2012 Community Street Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It’s that time of year again for fun in the streets with Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) and its fourth annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the corner of West Ninth and Arch Streets  in downtown Little Rock, Ark.

Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States from its 1865 origin when Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Tex., on June 19 with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were free. It is a celebration inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities that acknowledges the African American spirit and pays tribute to the roles and contributions which have enriched our society.

Juneteenth is of personal significance to the MTCC because Mosaic Templars of America founders John Bush and Chester Keatts were former slaves who dedicated their lives to economic and social enrichment for African-Americans through business, services, and mutual aid.

As part of the local celebration, MTCC hosts a day-long community street festival featuring activities, vendors, food, and entertainment. Event activities include a bounce house, rock climbing wall, face painting, jump roping, drum circle, tricycle-riding, craft and games, along with a diverse mix of musical, dance, and poetry entertainment. We invite businesses and organizations to join in the celebration with us by securing a vendor booth or purchasing a sponsorship for the event.

Vendor booths are available for $35. Deadline for booth rental is June 4. To reserve sponsorship or vendor space, contact Jennelle Primm at 501.683.3620 or email jennelle@arkansasheritage.org. To learn more about Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, visit mosaictemplars.com.