MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The 27th annual Juneteenth Festival is underway at Robert Church Park in downtown Memphis.
The three-day festival includes live music, a car show, and carnival rides. There’s also great food and plenty of dancing.
The festival marks the anniversary of Juneteenth, which was when the last African-American was freed from slavery.
It’s also a way to celebrate all things Memphis.
“We try to make sure we give the history, but we also want to make sure that people aren’t enslaved in their minds and take the shackles off your minds, and appreciate our amazing city of Memphis and all of the great things we have to offer,” says Telisa Franklin, President, Memphis Juneteenth Festival.
The festival continues Saturday and wraps up Sunday with a praise fest featuring gospel music, as well as inspirational and encouraging words spoken by ministers and preachers. Learn more about the festival HERE.