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Published on June 4th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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2ND Annual Juneteenth Celebration – A History Lesson

As South East Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) is dedicated to historical preservation and enhancing communities within the Lower Richland Heritage Corridor, activities are presented with the efforts to showcase the area’s rich and diverse culture, and to attract visitors to Lower Richland, the City of Columbia, and the state. Some activities include commemorations for national holidays such as Independence, Veterans and Memorial Days. For each, this non-profit organization strives to include lessons from history.

This year marks the 150TH anniversary of the June 19, 1865 celebration which followed Major General Gordon Grainger’s reading of General Order No. 3, emancipating slaves in Galveston, Texas. SERCO recognizes that Juneteenth isn’t just a commemoration of ending the last bastion of slavery in the United States, it is a tribute to the vision of America’s founding premise: Independence for this entire great nation. SERCO’s Juneteenth Celebration is a history lesson.

All who honor the basic principles of freedom, human dignity, and equality for everyone, are invited to SERCO’s 2nd Annual Juneteenth – Historical Observation & Old Fashion Social. There will be a dramatic skit by the Mt. Moriah Performing Arts Ministry, entertainment by Horizon Band SC and others, food symbolic of that served at the first Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas, and good old fashion socializing. THIS IS A FREE EVENT, and will be held at the Historical Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins, SC 29061, Friday, June 19TH -7:00 p.m. Contact info: 803-251-5596, sercoevents@gmail.com, http://www.sercosc.org.

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