June 19 also known as Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans enslaved in Confederate States.
On June 17, Ivy Tech Community College plans to celebrate by hosting a vendors market for African American businesses.
After reaching out to small businesses in the community, Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at Ivy Tech Community College, Wendy Chinn, was able to make this freedom day happen.
"We talked about different opportunities for Juneteenth and this is just one that I came up with cause I've seen it throughout our community," said Chinn "I've seen a couple small black owned businesses have like a vendor mall and I wanted to see if we can do it on our campus,"
A variety of businesses are set to be in attendance ranging from clothing boutiques to art galleries and community organizations.
"They'll be able to come in and celebrate Juneteenth with us and make some money in the process," said Chinn.
Those heading to the market will be able to support and purchase items sold by the vendors while also learning more about the holiday and it's significance
"This here is a holiday for all of us, its not just my history, its not just black history it is our history and I think its a day we should all celebrate." said Chinn.
The event will be held at the parking lot on the south side of the main campus beginning at 10 am until 2 pm.
For additional information contact Wendy Chinn, Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at firstname.lastname@example.org.