The Hardin County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will celebrate Juneteenth on Friday and Saturday.

Juneteenth is an American holiday commemorating the day the last state abolished slavery – June 19, 1865. On that day, slavery was abolished in Texas after word reached state officials. The holiday also recognizes the overall emancipation of slaves in the United States. The holiday is a blend of the words “June” and “nineteenth.”

“It’s part of the American history,” said Joyce Beasley, president of the Hardin County branch of the NAACP. “It should be celebrated by all Americans, not just African-Americans.”

The celebration is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Christian Life Center, 401 W. Poplar St. in Elizabethtown. It continues at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

Friday’s event features proclamations from Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry and other local government officials. The celebration also features an African and modern style fashion show. Meals also will be served.

Friday’s tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/2wJLV0w, or a paper ticket can be purchased from Joe Williams, who can be contacted at 270-351-2738.

Attendees are encouraged to wear African attire Friday, Beasley said.

On Saturday, information booths on health and education will be on-site. Vendors also will sell a variety hair and beauty products. Activities are available for children and teenagers, including an inflatable and basketball. Free food is served and door prizes will be given away.

Displays of African Americans who have contributed to the Hardin County community are featured during the celebration. Photos and biographies to be featured can be submitted to Beasley at naacppresidenthcb@gmail.com.

Admission to Saturday’s event is free. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

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