Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the official end of slavery in the U.S. in 1865, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced the end of the American Civil War to the last group of enslaved people in the country.
The day itself is June 19, but celebrations kick off across Georgia this weekend, from big festivals to more intimate evening conversations.
George Fadil Muhammad is co-founder of the Georgia Juneteenth Week and Freedom Festival in Macon.
He joined On Second Thought to talk about how Macon's commemorations weave past and present together, providing historical insights and entertainment, while moving modern conversations forward.
Macon's programs have been going on for a week already, with two upcoming events. On Friday, a forum and discussion called "The Soul, Spirit & Mental Health" starts at 6 p.m. at the Frank Johnson Center. That is a free event.
On Saturday, the Annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival will take place from 1 to 9:30 p.m. in Macon's Tattnall Square Park. That is another free event, featuring historic programming, food, music, culture and entertainment.
Other Juneteenth events taking place around Georgia:
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