TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Over the course of Friday afternoon and evening, dozens of Terre Haute community members headed to Rose Park to celebrate Juneteenth.
The day honors the liberation of slaves in the United States on this date in 1865.
“It’s really awesome to kind of see the awareness that people are starting to have about Juneteenth,” said Dominique Morefield, event organizer.
Those at Rose Park on Friday were greeted with a day of fun, food, but organizers say most importantly education.
“As a nation we really can’t celebrate independence without acknowledging that everybody wasn’t independent and everybody wasn’t free. So this is a really important holiday,” Morefield said.
In addition the celebration itself, donations were collected for the expansion of a resource to assist the community, the H.O.P.E. Community Center of Knowledge.
Pastor Tess Brooks-Stephens says she hopes to transform the sanctuary of the parish house at Spruce Street A.M.E. Church into a community center.
“The things we want offer there is business, leadership development, economic development, stem development,” Brooks-Stephens said.
Brooks-Stephens says the center is intended to help minorities and the disenfranchised become more successful in the Terre Haute community.
“If we can get home ownership, if we can get entrepreneurs going in this community then we can sow more seeds in this community than what we’ve previously been sowing in this community,” Brooks-Stephens said.
Morefield says she hopes that the event’s of this year will get people more excited to celebrate Juneteenth in the future.
If you would like to donate to the H.O.P.E. Community Center of Knowledge, donations can be sent to:
- Allen Chapel AME Church, 218 Crawford St, Terre Haute, IN 47807
- Spruce Street AME Church, 1660 Spruce Street, Terre Haute, Indiana 47807