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Chillicothe is the Location of Three “Juneteenth” Events


Chillicothe — Three events will celebrate “Juneteenth” this month. The Pump House Center for the Arts, Majestic Theatre, and Yoctangee Park will mark the anniversary of the final freeing of slaves at the end of the Civil War.

President of the Ross County NAACP Adrienne D’Souza, and first vice president of the Pump House Angela Young, are Juneteenth co-coordinators. They explained the upcoming events in the below video interview.

The annual Juneteenth art show at the Pump House has already started, but opening night is 6:30 to 8pm Friday (not the usual Thursday). Winners will be announced, and their work be on display there until June 28th.

The actual Juneteenth event will be in Yoctangee Park on June 19th. Sponsored by “W.I.N.,” Women in NAACP, it will be 11am to 11pm. Food, fun, music, and crafts will help “celebrate as a united community.”

Although President Abraham Lincoln enacted the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st, 1863, some slaves in the furthermost reaches of the Confederacy in Texas did not benefit from it until almost a month after the war ended, when freedom was finally enforced on June 19, 1865. Two web sources:

Young and D’Souza say the national theme of the 2024 Juneteenth is “Their Wildest Dreams” – which “honors the history of our ancestors while also highlighting present accomplishments which our forbears could not have dreamed.”

The big event will be June 22nd. They say the event has outgrown its original site and the weather can be unpredictable, so it will be in the Majestic Performing Arts Center.

Three acts between 3 and 7pm will feature poets, music of all kinds, and a Civil War re-enactor. The winners among the 60 entries in the grade 6 through 12 poetry contest will also be announced.

Two food trucks will be there, along with many vendors and sponsoring organizations. There will be no admission fee, but a love offering will be welcomed.

Find information on the Pump House Facebook page and website.

Young and D’Souza say Juneteenth has been celebrated in Chillicothe since 2017 or 2018, and the Pump House is in their 4th year of collaboration.

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Raised in Ross County, Bearcat class of '87 at Paint Valley. Wrote a column on history and historic preservation for the Chillicothe Gazette right out of high school, then a bachelors in Journalism in the OU class of '91. After starting my one-man company "Intrepid Heritage Services" in Columbus in 1997 to offer historical research, tours, and talks, I retuned to Ross County in 2003. Have been working as a radio programmer and reporter at Clear Channel / iHeart Media Southern Ohio. Started working with the Scioto Post June 27th, 2023.