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Santa Cruz Juneteenth 2019
June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Come honor the Emancipation Proclamation on June 15th at Laurel Park behind the Louden Nelson Community Center and the 400th anniversary of the first slaves landing in America.
Enjoy music, poetry, dance, delicious soul food, arts & crafts, basketball skills contest and the annual sack race!
Basketball Skills Contest – SC High basketball coach, Stan White II along with Parks and Recreation staff will lead kids 10 and under for fun basketball skill-oriented games. Prizes will be provided by the Santa Cruz Warriors!
• 3-Point Shoot Out
• Skills Challenge
• Shot Competition
On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and enslaved were now free. 153 years later, we celebrate this remarkable event at Juneteenth celebrations across the country. A long-held tradition among African Americans, Juneteenth celebrates culture and is a special day for anyone who believes in freedom and equality for all people.