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Juneteenth celebration venue changed after threat made

The Juneteenth Celebration 2022 Committee of Gloucester and Mathews has announced that the program scheduled for Sunday, June 19 from 2–5 p.m. will be held as planned, but in a different location.

Instead of Flat Iron Crossroads, the event will return to the grounds of The First United Baptist Church, 6188 George Washington Memorial Highway, Gloucester.

“In these challenging times in our country’s history, it is crucial that people of faith and good will stand up to bullies and declare that we are not afraid,” said a press release from committee member Sheila Crowley of Mathews.

She explained that the change in venue became necessary when Flat Iron Crossroads decided to cancel their weekend of Juneteenth festivities out of an abundance of caution after a threat of possible violence was posted on a local Facebook page. Law enforcement is investigating the threat, she said, and will be providing security.

“The Juneteenth Celebration 2022 committee will not be intimidated and we will proceed with our event,” said Crowley. “We invite people of all races and religions who agree with us to join in celebrating this important date in the journey for freedom for African Americans.”

Crowley emphasized that all are welcome for an afternoon of inspiration, education, music, fellowship, and fun. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. For more information, contact Crowley at 540-907-2993.


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