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At The Bessie, A Celebration Of Freedom For This Juneteenth

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center
The Bessie Smith Cultural Center

Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom: the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans after the end of the Civil War.

In downtown Chattanooga, one of the celebrations for this year’s holiday on Wednesday will be at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center - 200 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. - from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Elijah Cameron is with the Bessie.

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Also on Wednesday in downtown Chattanooga:

  • The Juneteenth National Freedom Day Parade and Gala.  The lineup for the parade begins at 12:30 PM on Peeples St.  The parade starts at 1 PM.  The gala in Miller Park begins at 2 PM.
  • The Juneteenth Commemoration Ceremony, featuring Inversion Vocal Ensemble, starting at 6 PM at the Walker Theatre - part of the Juneteenth Festival presented by the Chattanooga Festivals of Black Arts and Ideas.  To register for the free event, visit blackartsandideasfest.com.
Banner for Juneteenth 2024 at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center.
Bessie Smith Cultural Center

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