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Annual Juneteenth celebration held at Springfield Central High School

By Barbara Augsdorfer, editor of the Effingham Herald

More than 200 people braved the heat on Saturday, June 15, for the annual Juneteenth celebration on the campus of the former Springfield Central High School. The event was organized by the Effingham County Branch NAACP.

Juniteen banner

Food trucks and vendors lined the front field and the hallway leading to the gym. Inside, there were more art exhibits, short presentations on the history and significance of Juneteenth, and more food and lots of fun.

Children drew on the cement with sidewalk chalk. Then headed inside to cool off and get in line for face painting by Karen Signal of Blue Sky Acres.

There were displays of tools and other objects from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries available for people – especially the children – to see and touch. Some of the more intriguing or confusing items for the kids included a transistor radio, a cassette player, a record player with a 45 rpm record on it; and a typewriter.