The Heritage Center Juneteenth Celebration will feature performances and storytelling including a presentation of the H.I.S. Project, Lost But Not Forgotten, a live reenactment of the renowned educator and activist, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Storyteller, Minny the Mule. There will be live music including steel drums, food, and more. This celebration will be free and open to the public. Cultural collaborators include the Winter Park Public Library and AARP Orlando. As a part of the event, activities and performances will also be at the Winter Park Amphitheater.
Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.