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Published on April 24th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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MITCHELLVILLE’S ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard Among the Featured Entertainment Line Up

Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park has confirmed an expansive entertainment for their annual Juneteenth Celebration. The food and music festival will include interactive experiences that are significant to the era of Mitchelville in the Reconstruction Era, plus a live performance by “Just A Few Cats” including Alvin Garrett, Latrese Bush, Logan the Entertainer and American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard, Marlena Smalls, and the Hallelujah Singers and hosted by WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw. Tickets for the Juneteenth Celebration are $15 for general admission, Free for children 12 and under. The 2019 Juneteenth Celebration will be Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 229 Beach City Road, Columbia, South Carolina 29226.

The 2019 Juneteenth Celebration presented by Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park will feature a headline performance by Just A Few Cats is not only a band that was co-founded by Alvin Garrett and Ruben Studdard back in 2000, it’s a family. This Birmingham-based group of musicians and singers have collectively toured around the world all while writing, producing, and performing Grammy-nominated music. Grammy-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Alvin Garrett, has written for the likes of Joe, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, and more. He’s now promoting his soulful new album, “This HILL,” on the heels of his hit song, “By Myself.” The band’s musical director, John Jackson, is the producer for the great hit-making duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and has quietly amassed a catalog that includes the likes of Peabo Bryson, Jessie J, Usher, The New Edition Biopic, and more. Of course, everyone knows the story of the band’s original lead singer, Ruben Studdard, and his rise to fame on American Idol Season 2. The band is also well-known for the ELECTRIFYING stage performances of Logan The Entertainer. His name says it all. Now, the band will be joined by Bluffton’s own, Latrese Bush. Latrese Bush, under the production tutelage of Alvin Garrett, has gone on to release several independent projects, while landing at #19 on the smooth jazz charts with her single, “Because Of You.”

As in the past years the annual celebration will highlight the food and music customs of the people of Mitchelville and special performances by Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers and historical re-enactment from a local favorite Cora Miller. Plus, a robust kid-zone including video games, inflatable bounce houses, and make-and-take craft stations.

Like Mitchelville’s freedom story, Juneteenth is a similar story. Also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in June 1865 throughout the Confederate South. The immediate differences in the two stories end there, as the Juneteenth story embodies the perseverance of people who struggled to gain independence compared to Mitchelville, a thriving community on Hilton Head in Mitchelville.

Juneteenth Celebration is a family-friendly event in the park. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, but only limited seating is available, so chairs are encouraged. In addition to the onstage artistic display, local artists will be on site selling art created to depict traditional Lowcountry life. All tickets and event details are available at exploremitchelville.org.

For more information about Juneteenth Celebration or Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park call 843-255-7301 or go to exploremitchelville.org.


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