Communities across the country will commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S. with Juneteenth celebrations this weekend, including one local landmark where slaves were freed back in the 1800s.
Saturday, the Booker T. Washington National Monument in Hardy (Franklin County) will host a free Juneteenth concert and celebration.
The event will feature live performances from nationally known and local gospel singers, as well as a children's village, food vendors, and a live reenactment of the moment Booker T. Washington learned he and his family were free.
Park staff says this one of their biggest and most important events of the year.
"We still continue to struggle today to bring equality to all Americans," said Timothy Sims, chief ranger at Booker T. Washington National Monument. "Knowing our history - where we come from - will help guide us as Americans as we continue into the future."
The Juneteenth celebration will run from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.