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Lisa Chasanov

Stage at Douglass Park Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.

Juneteenth at Douglass Park

June 19, 2023

On Saturday, community members gathered at Douglass Park in Champaign to celebrate Juneteenth. The event was marketed as a fun and exciting summer celebration with live music and small local vendors.

Individuals from university agencies, libraries, small businesses and community organizations offered their time and services at the event.

At the event’s stage, visitors enjoyed performances from a wide range of local musicians — ranging from a drum collective and jazz combo to youth performers — as well as a raffle for attendees which could be entered by providing a donation.

Several local black-owned businesses featured their handmade products including clothing, jewelry, perfume and accessories.

The event highlighted and uplifted the Black community in Champaign-Urbana and brought together diverse individuals from across the area.

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    While the flag raising sought to bring awareness to the history and significance of Juneteenth, the Douglass Park celebration seemed to engage its visitors through dancing, food, music and a sense of community.

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