Juneteenth celebration in PR draws some 200 visitors

PORT RICHEY - Perhaps nothing tastes quite as sweet as freedom, as the annual Juneteenth celebration reminded some 200 spectators.Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed in September 1862, to former slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The observance is also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.Food and entertainment galore greeted visitors who stopped by the Booker T. Washington School in Port Richey for the event put on by the African-American Club of Pasco.Hudson teens Roderica Rodriguez, Shally Fearing and Malah Fearing were among those dancing to the sounds of Da Jam Band, led by singer Christopher Mucker of Palm Harbor.Nito Navarro of Land O'Lakes made his way through the crowd to hawk silent auction tickets.Shally Fearing, 13, sang the national anthem and other songs to launch the event.Former Port Richey resident Rosabelle Talbird of Clearwater worked on a knitting project for a Haiti relief project.
Trending Now
More headlines