Editors note: This story has been changed to reflect the correct food options at this event.

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– The Vigo County History Center will host a number of different performers and speakers for their program honoring Juneteenth later this month that will be free to the public.  

The center is welcoming the Freetown Village Singers from Indianapolis for an hour-long performance on Black history. Curator Suzy Quick said she is looking forward to showcasing Juneteenth with their performance.

“It’s kind of a neat program. Through their storytelling and songs, they engage audiences and teach about the past,” she said. “I don’t think there is any better way to learn about history or to display history than through than through these types of living history programs.”

Local historian Dr. Crystal Reynolds will give a brief presentation on some of the long-standing local traditions surrounding Emancipation Day, which she said date back as far as 150 years. She said she was happy to be a part of the festivities for another year.

“I know this event will continue this great tradition. The history center has embraced not only the African-American culture, but also embraced diversity, and I’m really appreciative of what’s going to happen,” Reynolds said. 

The history center will also have family-friendly activities throughout the day, and Butta’s Better BBQ will be on hand with food to purchase. Reynolds said she was eager to see the community come out to celebrate the holiday. 

“Really what it’s about, it’s about freedom, it’s about resilience, it’s about resistance and it’s about joy. It’s about African-Americans who are celebrating this amazing freedom,” she said. 

The event will run from 1-4 on Monday, June 19th.