People all across the nation are taking part in Juneteenth festivities, including in Evansville.
It’s a celebration of emancipation and observing the fight for freedom. In the River City, several people gathered on the city’s south side for the second year in a row.
“It is a part of our history. It is our independence day,” says Phillip Baker, and organizer for the Juneteenth event.
President Biden signed legislation on Thursday marking Juneteenth as a federal holiday in America.
“It’s all just a way for us to turn back, look at history, and say,’hey, yeah, our country has not been perfect. Not by far. But, this is a part of our history. This is a part of who we are and this is a part of our correcting mistakes,’” says Baker.
The celebration on Culver Drive is the largest grouping of minority-owned businesses and non-profit organizations in the Tri-State. It nearly doubled in size from 2020 to 2021.
“Every vendor is a non-profit or a minority-owned business. To go from 29 last year to 82 this year, we're all ecstatic about that,” Baker says.
The event had music, food, and vendors. All things that organizers say bring people together.
“That's all we wanted, was to celebrate. Entrepreneurship, the American dream, and just unity,” says Baker.