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Friday, June 17, 2011

Saturday To-Do: Juneteenth

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
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12 p.m., Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.

According to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Juneteenth is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. In Little Rock, the celebration for years meant a massive Power 92 FM-sponsored concert at the Riverfest Amphitheatre, one that critics claimed de-emphasized or omitted entirely the history and importance of the celebration. But beginning in 2009, local African-American leaders began a new tradition at the intersection of Ninth and Broadway, amidst what once was a thriving black business and entertainment district and where the African-American history-focused Mosaic Templars Cultural Center sits. This year, the celebration, which begins at noon and continues until 7 p.m., features performances by Zinse Agginie and the Drum Ballet of Hope, the Bongo Willie Drumming Circle, the Parkview Players living history program, the Gloryland Pastor's Choir and more. The free festival will also offer cultural face painting and hair braiding, a rock climbing wall, games and food. For a complete list of activities, visit

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