HARRISBURG, PA (WHTM) — The Metropolis of Harrisburg and Dauphin County held their first celebration on June 10 downtown on Saturday.
The celebration proper in entrance of Metropolis Corridor resulted in 2nd Avenue being closed for a number of hours as giant crowds gathered for meals, distributors and leisure.
The Metropolis of Harrisburg celebrates freedom and equality for all.
“It will be significant that my youngsters know after we had been truly launched. It will be significant that my youngsters know this, and my grandchildren know that July 4th will not be our vacation, however June tenth, after we actually bought free,” Talea Corridor stated.
Sunday, June 19, marks 157 years because the final slaves had been free of Galveston, Texas, two years after the emancipation proclamation was signed.
“June Day is only a reminiscence of all those that got here earlier than us who sacrificed themselves to carry us the enjoyment and freedom we’ve got at this time,” stated Nelva Wright, Harrisburg Public Well being Officer.
The festivities centered on showcasing black tradition and expertise, and educating Brian Smith and the Black Fairness Coalition.
“We try to remove inequalities in healthcare, in addition to in small enterprise, in crime and violence in sure communities,” Smith stated. “We’re making an attempt to verify that is all honest and we may also help black and brown folks throughout the state.”
Kids and adults of all ages had the chance not solely to strive their hand, but additionally to find out about our historical past.
“I want her to know, particularly at the present time, how issues are in society, that that is what we’ve got. That is the place we come from and that is crucial to us,” Corridor stated.
Mayor Wanda Williams and County Commissioner George Hartwick additionally took half within the celebration, with Hartwick proclaiming June 19, 2022 Nationwide Independence Day in Dauphin County.