COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Saturday, June 18 marks "Juneteenth," the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.
In honor of the annual event, Friends of the Historic Claflin are inviting people from across the valley to attend their Juneteenth celebration and fundraiser at the Liberty Theater in Columbus.
The event starts Saturday at 11 a.m. and organizers say it's an event for the entire family.
Gary Hines, music director of the Grammy Award-winning "Songs of Blackness," spoke with us on the importance of this annual event.
"We can't go forward without knowing where we've been, Clafin has such a rich history we want everybody to be aware of that, support of it and now that we go to the future of it, to give to the cause," Hines said.
This year's theme for the event is "Royalty."
Hines said that there are still great seats available. Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance.