Juneteenth block party doubled as economic partnership with local Black owned businesses

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“It was just an idea and now look at what we got so it’s crazy.”

Friday evening, hundreds of people packed millennial park, celebrating Juneteenth.

“We gon celebrate this this year. Y’all gon feel us celebrate this – this year.”

The annual event is the celebration of when slaves in Texas found out they were free, nearly two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation was signed.

“Juneteenth is a day but it represents a legacy, it represents a history it represents an oppressed people who need to be heard and it represents their liberation.”

Community Activist, Myra Richardson said, the Baton Rouge celebration is a day of remembrance, bringing the community together.

“I think that this is the economic justice, the social justice, this is all of those different things wrapped up into one” said Richardson.

“This year’s Juneteenth celebration is not only informative but it’s doubling as a economic partnership with the Baton Rouge community.

“It’s awesome, I love it.”

Cameron Jackson owns Millennial Park in mid-city. He said, bringing the community out to enjoy some of Baton Rouge’s black owned businesses is a feeling unlike any other.

“We were just talking about ways that we could really not give back in a sense but bring the community together and just feed off each other and feed off the energy because the black community here is amazing” said Jackson.

Throughout the evening, the parking lot filled with food vendors, people dancing and a sense of togetherness. Jackson said, it’s that image of community that honors the true meaning of Juneteenth.

“The vibe, everyone is like a family.”

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