The Lightkeepers of Henry County are hosting their second annual Juneteenth Freedom Day at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at 1400 Plaza in downtown New Castle.

History.com explains that Juneteenth (short for “June 19th”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops arrived two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Lightkeepers of Henry County plan the New Castle event to include performances by Trish Crowe, Buchanon Unity and The 1822 Vintage Boutique and Dance Studio.

The New Castle Police Department will also be at the event and on-site with various activities for the community.

There will be activities provided, some include spoken word poetry, along with various children’s activities and educational speakers. They will finish the performances off with an Open Jam Session for anyone to attend.

Food trucks will also be there as well along with local vendors.

Contact the Lightkeepers of Henry County on Facebook if you are interested in being a part of the Juneteenth Freedom Day.