The Mitchelville Preservation Project will host a 150th Anniversary of The Juneteenth Celebration in Fish Haul Park, featuring the unveiling of structures and interactive experiences that were significant to the era of Mitchelville in 1862. There will be special performances by Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers, sightings of Harriett Tubman, interactive farming demonstrations and artists depicting traditional Lowcountry life.
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 throughout the Confederate South in June 1865. 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 Island that was the epicenter of freedom in the United States. This year’s Juneteenth Celebration replicates similar experiences taking place during that era of time that are significant to the freed slaves living in Mitchelville.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase at this family friendly event. There’s limited seating, so guests are welcome to bring their own chairs. Admission to the event are $10, with children 12 years and under for free. Tickets can be purchased online at mitchelvillepreservationproject.org.
For more information about Juneteenth Celebration or Mitchelville go to call (843) 255-7301 or mitchelvillepreservationproject.com.