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LAKE JUNALUSKA — A Juneteenth celebration marking the anniversary of the end of slavery will be held at Lake Junasla from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19.

The event will kick off at 2 p.m. at the open-air Nanci Weldon Gym with a keynote address by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Hand, and acclaimed storyteller and historical interpreter from the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She will share re-enactments of the harsh realities of slavery along with local clergy and gifted musicians leading a powerful and celebratory worship experience.

The community is invited to party on the grounds from 3-6 p.m., where there will be food trucks, inflatables, horseshoes and corn hole, vendors and exhibits, dancing and family fun.

The festivities are hosted by the Smoky Mountain District of the United Methodist Church. The mission of the Smoky Mountain District of the United Methodist Church is to worship inclusively, educate communities on racial history, initiate critical conversations toward reconciliation and celebrate African American freedom and culture.