Join EOP and our community partners as we celebrate Juneteenth 2016!
Juneteenth is an annual observance to celebrate the date Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all remaining slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865. Texas was the last state in rebellion, following the end of the Civil War, to allow enslavement. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation was not announced in the last state practicing enslavement until General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas and issued General Order #3, on the "19th of June", almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Friday, June 17th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Ernie Davis Community Center
Events begin on Friday, June 17th with the Kick-Off Celebration from 6-8pm in the Ernie Davis Community Center (650 Baldwin Street, Elmira, NY). Art displays, activities, and musical performances for all ages! EOP is excited to announce the performance and motivational speech by rapper VA Crysis.
VA Crysis is not only recording new music and performing at larger venues, but also Co-hosting the 16 Barz Radio Show broadcasting from Washington D.C. He is just a voice of experience and guidance for independent artists coming up and beginning their careers. For every journey you take you need to have a plan and Crysis is no stranger to setting and accomplishing goals. His future plans include promoting a positive mindset for the youth through his music and actions. Crysis uses his past ventures to influence young people to stay on the path of education and chasing their dreams.
Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 4pm
Elmira's Juneteenth Celebration 2016:
"A Time to Heal... A Time to Unite"
Ernie Davis Park (Lake & 5th St. Elmira)
The celebration continues on Saturday, June 18th with more performances by VA Crysis and local musical artists, food, events, games, and much more! A great way to kick off the summer; EOP's CFJP Bistro will be heating up the BBQ for all kinds of tasty treats!
This can't miss event will also feature the Drive for UR Community event! Test drive a brand new Ford or Chrysler and Ferrario Ford will donate $20 to EOP!! Test drive both and EOP will receive $40!! No commitments, no contracts, all you need to do is get in and enjoy the new ride. Participants must be 18 years of age with a valid drivers license.