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Everything you need to know about Juneteenth weekend events in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Monday (KY3) – Several free events are planned for Juneteenth the weekend of June 15-16.

There is a Juneteenth community celebration on Saturday at the Springfield Expo Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be vendors, bounce houses, music and food trucks.

There will be a film screening of the Milly Project at the Springfield Art Museum on Saturday at 6pm and a Q&A with some of the artists.

On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a tour and overview of the program and renovations in Silver Springs Park

Finally, there will be a gospel choir celebration at Washington Avenue Baptist Church at 6 p.m

“Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. And that is something we should all celebrate,” said Darline Mabins, director of community, diversity and equity for Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

“It became a national holiday in 2021, so it really brought Juneteenth to the forefront of the entire country, so I think it’s a great time to show support for all members of our community.”

Mabins said there has been a lot of support from businesses and community members.

This is the second year that Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield NAACP have teamed up for this citywide celebration.

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