The annual Columbus/Bartholomew County Area Branch of the NAACP celebration of Juneteenth will be from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. June 16th on Fourth Street in downtown Columbus between Washington and Franklin streets.
The local gathering serves as a reminder of slavery’s official end.
The event will feature free food, activities and elements of history and education, organizers said.
The day was first celebrated in 1865, when Texas became the final Confederate state to free its slaves, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The local celebration has unfolded the past 14 years, according to organizers.