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Juneteenth canceled

By Chris Simones

Young Men United decided to cancel this year’s local Juneteenth celebration, which was scheduled to take place this past Saturday, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We didn’t want to put anybody’s life in danger,” said Donald Crisp, president of Young Men United.

The annual event had been set for June 13. Crisp said the board voted in May to cancel the yearly event and formally announced that decision last week.

“The main thing is to keep everybody safe,” Crisp said. “We could possibly reschedule the event for September. We’ll bring it up at our next meeting.”

Juneteenth is an annual event celebrating the June 19, 1865 announcement by Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas that all slaves had been freed. Word of the Emancipation Proclamation had not reached Galveston due to its remote location.

Crisp would like everyone to know the Young Men United facility is back up and running after briefly closing due to the pandemic. The facility is located at the former Bernard School gym.