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Juneteenth events to be held in Gloucester

Events are scheduled Saturday and Monday in Gloucester in honor of Juneteenth.

On Saturday, the Gloucester Institute will host a Juneteenth cookout from 3-6 p.m. at Holly Knoll. The cost to attend is $40; $20 for children under 12. To register, visit

On Monday, June 19, a daylong celebration will be held, beginning with a walk along Main Street at 10 a.m. and including a talk by keynote speaker Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation executive director Christy Coleman at 3 p.m.

The walk along Main Street, from Gloucester Library to St. Therese Roman Catholic Church and back, is being held in honor of Opal Lee, the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.” The Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation is sponsoring the walk, which was proposed by Dr. Wes Wilson.

From there, the observance will move to The First United Baptist Church (6188 George Washington Memorial Highway). From 2-5 p.m., the church will be host to vendors, exhibitors, food trucks and children’s activities. Coleman will...

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