Juneteenth celebration scheduled Saturday

CNJ staff

What: Juneteenth Celebration

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Potter Park

Background: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, according to juneteenth.com.

Observed around June 19, it commemorates the day Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were free.

Quotable: “The celebration in Clovis began as a block party, but has grown so big we had to move it to Potter Park,” organizer William Hall said. “It’s a day of celebration that was passed down from the older generation.”

By the numbers:

• 6 — cases of hot links

• 9 — cases of chicken

• 15 — cases of ribs

• 15 — cases of catfish

• 3,000-4,000 — people expected to participate

Source: William Hall