The Parker County/Weatherford, TX NAACP Branch 6321 will be holding its 4th annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday. This year’s event will be co-hosted by the Weatherford Public Library and will be held on the library grounds at 1014 Charles St., Weatherford.

President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, but it took two and a half more years before the full emancipation of America’s slaves was completed.

This historic moment came on June 19, 1865, when General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to issue General Order No. 3, officially freeing America’s final slaves. This date, known as Juneteenth, has since been celebrated as Black Independence Day by African Americans across the nation. It is celebrated especially in former slave states and is officially recognized as a holiday in 45 states.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The schedule of events is as follows:

10:15 a.m. - DeCee Cornish, storyteller.

11 a.m. - Scholarship Presentation.

11:15 a.m. - Bahdae African Dance and Drum.

12 p.m. - Lunch.

1 p.m. - Egg Toss Contest.

1:30 p.m. - Shake Anderson.

All acts are family-friendly. Everything is free, including lunch. Documentary videos about the holiday will be running in the library auditorium all day.

The NAACP will also be accepting donations for the two scholarship programs that it administers, the Weatherford Scholarship Fund and the Sarah Jefferson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Visit the Weatherford/Parker County NAACP’s Facebook event page for more information.