FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Juneteenth Collaborative hosted a news conference Tuesday ahead of next week’s Juneteenth celebration.
Events start on Sunday, June 12, and culminate on Saturday, June 19.
These will include gardening, local artist performances, educational discussions and more.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the south in 1865, when a group of slaves in Texas learned they were finally free.
For people in Fort Wayne, it’s an opportunity to reflect on what that history means.
“This is an opportunity for us to observe and really just commemorate and think about those aspects of our history,” Juneteenth Collaborative Executive Director Adrian Curry said. “Fort Wayne has a rich history with Juneteenth and it’s important for us to educate ourselves, organize ourselves, and celebrate ourselves.”