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Celebrate Juneteenth Across the Grand Strand

  By  Ashley Daniels

Juneteenth is a national holiday that marks the liberation of slaves after the Civil War. On June 19, 1865, U.S. Army Major General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, Texas, to announce the Civil War was over and that slavery had ended.

At that time, many African Americans were unaware that Congress had passed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery and that Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862. Major General Granger’s announcement helped spread this momentous declaration in history throughout the most rural parts of the country. Juneteenth is also called Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day.

Here are some events happening in the Myrtle Beach area to help you celebrate and honor Juneteenth:

Juneteenth Freedom Day

Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.

Lowcountry Center at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens will award three community members the Huntington Exemplary Service Award at noon on June 15, 2024. Established to recognize individuals who have worked to improve race relations in South Carolina and Georgetown and Horry Counties in 2023-24, the award will be bestowed in honor of our founders, Anna and Archer Huntington. Nominations were received via the Brookgreen website and reviewed by a community-wide committee. 

There will also be a live performance by Gullah Storyteller Frank Murry, speaker sessions, an artist talk, and art activities on the importance of the holiday.

4th Annual Juneteenth Soul Food Festival

Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

1303 4th Ave in Conway

Come on out to Downtown Conway to celebrate the 4th Annual Juneteenth Soul Food Festival, including food vendors, kids activities, bounce houses and health information. 

Myrtle Beach Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Charlie’s Place at 1420 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach

The City of Myrtle Beach and the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School will host a Juneteenth Celebration that will include live music, kids activities, a unity parade, and food. For more information, contact Neighborhood Services at 843-918-1061.

The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission has created The Green Book of South Carolina, the first mobile web travel guide to African American cultural sites across the state. It’s a contemporary homage to the original Green Book first published in 1936 that featured safe harbors and welcoming establishments for African Americans throughout the United States.

The Grand Strand also has a rich African American history and many cultural sites to explore with your family and friends. Please visit our website for more history and information.

 

Ashley Daniels

Ashley Daniels of Myrtle Beach is a full-time freelance writer, editor, wife, and mother of three sons (not necessarily in that order), and two fur babies. A native of Eastern PA, Ashley received her bachelor’s in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and her MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. Today, her folio boasts nearly 25 years of regional and nationally published printed magazine features, blogs, and web copy for a lineup of clients on the East Coast, and ADDY award-winning copywriting. For more info, visit www.ashleymdaniels.com.