Hattiesbug to celebrate 32nd annual Juneteenth

Hattiesbug to celebrate 32nd annual Juneteenth

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg is celebrating the 32nd annual Juneteenth on Saturday.

It is a national celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in America.

The celebration will kick off around 9:30 a.m. at the Rock of Ages Family Worship Christian Center and will march to Vernon Dahmer Park on Country Club Road, where the celebration will take place.

A sports tournament will be held and will include softball games, three-on-three basketball game, a car and bike show and a BBQ cook-off. Live entertainment will also be included.

According to the press release, Charles Lawrence will be the 2016 Grand Marshal, and he returns from years ago when he was crowned as the first Juneteenth king.

Lawrence has served as a member of the Hattiesburg City Council, city attorney and municipal court judge.

"I am honored to be chosen as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Juneteenth Celebration in Hattiesburg, MS. It is a day that we must all remember as it commemorate the official ending of slavery in the United States with the reading of General Order Number 3 in Galveston, TX declaring all slaves to be free in the State of Texas, two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1963 and over two months after the end of the Civil War. This year marks the 150th year celebration," Lawrence said in the press release.

For more information, email info@hattiesburgjuneteenth.com.