Juneteenth celebrations takes place in Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Friday in Bowling Green people will gather at Powerhouse Ministries for a pre-celebration for Juneteenth.

Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates freedom from slavery in the United States. 

Though the holiday came about in the mid 1800s, it was not recognized as a national holiday until Thursday when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law.

The Bowling Green-Warren County NAACP, Black Leaders Advocating for the Community, or BLAC, and the gospel group Essence in Harmony will all team together for a night of singing to celebrate faith and freedom.

The event takes place at Powerhouse Ministries at 450 Glen Lily Road starting at 6:30 p.m.

Bowling Green-Warren County NAACP president Ryan Dearbone said the holiday affects more than just African Americans as it represents a step toward nationwide unity.

“We’re going to celebrate the freedom that the emancipation proclamation gave to all black people. And not only just for black people. It changed the culture of our country. And it was something that unified black and white. And so, especially with the added importance of Juneteenth now becoming a federal holiday, we have a lot to celebrate. We have a lot to be excited about,” said Dearbone.

Masks are required at this event.

Celebrations for the actual Juneteenth holiday on Saturday include:

  • Second Annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration 2K21 here.
  • To find other celebrations in Bowling Green and nearby towns, click here.