COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — In light of recent events happening all over the country, many businesses are acknowledging the significance and importance of Juneteenth.
Some companies are even making it a paid holiday.
Macy's in Collierville Carriage Crossing is taking the important step to educate the public about the holiday in an event happening in the store Friday at 2:00 pm.
Local 24 News spoke with the store's general manager, Ronald Simon, about everything the store has planned for Juneteenth.
Simon tells us, "over the past few weeks, there has been a tremendous opportunity for listening and learning and relating in our community".
He says Macy's is working hard to provide an environment where colleagues can make a safe and open space.
At this event for all ages, people can listen to stories of Juneteenth, enjoy refreshments, but most importantly, educate themselves on the importance of the holiday.
The event will include Lydia Warren, the Director of the Morton Museum of Collierville History, who will present photography by Bessie Dean Par, a photographer in the early 1900s.
Additionally, Ronice Gilkey, Orange Mound Neighborhood Connector with Center for Transforming Communities, will be sharing Juneteenth stories.