Hundreds of people celebrate Juneteenth in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – Hundreds of people gathered in Lexington to celebrate June 19 for the first time since it was recognized as a federal holiday.

Organizers said that although they have been hosting this festival for years, 2022 goes beyond federal holidays.

“We are not here because it was named a federal holiday as before. To gather in community to honor our ancestors who fought for our freedoms so that we could be freed from the slavery of castles”, explained organizer Sarah Williams.

People of all races came out to recognize the freedom and contribution of enslaved African Americans to American history.

“If it weren’t for the emancipated American freedmen. This country wouldn’t exist. It would be a formal confederation,” said organizer ML Young.

“It is because of the Americans who were brought here from the African homeland and enslaved that America is the country it is today.”

Two organizations “Fish and Feed” and “Brown Owl” also distributed free meals to people in need.

“We caught as many fish as we could, and I immediately cleaned them and we cooked them, and we distribute them to anyone who needs a meal,” said Fish and Feed founder Ricky Bottoms. .

As they handed out more than 60 meals, the volunteers called for more support from minority communities.

“I noticed that minority communities in every city were underserved, so I wanted to do something about that while giving back,” said “Brown Owl” founder Thomas Phillips.

Donations for ‘Fish and Feed’ can be sent to the Cash app $Marleycart31.

Donations for ‘Brown Owl’ can be sent to $BrownOwl63.

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