South Miami

South Miami celebrates African-American Juneteenth on June 18

One of South Miami’s most historical traditions kicks off Saturday, June 18, in the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency at the Madison Square site.

Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, and Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 in the state of Texas, as well as the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate south.

The CRA sponsors the event, which includes activities such as: a ceremonial bike ride, recognition breakfast, a history reading ceremony and other entertainment.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, at the corner of Southwest 59th Place and 64th Street. The bike freedom ride is at 10 a.m., the opening of the event is at 11 a.m., and it concludes from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Churches, schools and groups can contact Levy Kelly at 786-423-5776.