On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War was over and the enslaved were now free. For this month’s Neighborhood Art Parade, in partnership with the Light Up the City – Porch Light Initiative, Flint Public Art Project joined the Juneteenth Committee in a celebration of freedom from slavery.
At Max Brandon Park on Thursday June, 19, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Candice Stewart and Cinthia Montague assembled a pop-up gallery composed of prints, paintings, and stencils of birds taking flight by Willie Mccraw Jr. alongside angelic young neighborhood boys and girls, and danced in the forest with the Nightfire Drumline.
Then at 5:30 pm, we set off with Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery, from Martin Luther King Ave. to Riverfront Park. With Light Up the City, we continued the parade in the area from Gillespie Ave. to W. McLellan St., serving up healthy food in Max Brandon Park.
When & Where: June 19, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 pm – food, games, and painting in Max Brandon Park
5:30 – 6:30 pm – parade from MLK to Riverbank Park, and Gillespie Ave.
6:30 – 8:00 pm – music and food in Riverbank and Max Brandon Park
In collaboration with Michigan State Police, Flint Police Department, Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, Consumers Energy, Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Restoration Coalition, Flint Neighborhoods United, ELGA Credit Union, Professional Nursing Services, and Salem Community Development Corporation.