What is The Blues & Sweet Potato Pie Festival: A Juneteenth Celebration?
The Juneteenth celebration is a reminder of the end of slavery in the United States. The freeing of slaves started with Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. However it was not until June 19, 1865 that the last of the slaves in Texas were freed.
The 20th Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival is a Virtual Celebration brought to you by the Friends of the Northwest Library. "The Blues & Sweet Potato Pie Festival" takes place each June and features lots of exciting, yet educational attractions. This year will be different due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, but will be hosted VIRTUALLY with the same motivational speakers, performers, Historical Reenactment Group from Key West, Gary Palmer Musical Band, Gospel Artist Jason Edmond, and a Special appearance by Gospel Legend, Vickie Winans. This event is in a collaborative effort from the community, volunteers, businesses, agencies, and Friends to make this year different but memorable and successful.
If you would like to support the Friends of the Northwest Branch Library, you can purchase a Commemorative Festival t-shirt for a donation of $20 at this link. All contributions are tax-deductible and proceeds from the event & t-shirts will be used to enhance the literacy programs and other cultural programs not covered by the Northwest Branch Library’s budget.