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Panama City holds Juneteenth Film Festival

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 10:43 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Saturday marks the holiday Juneteenth and locals have already begun celebrating.

Tuesday night, many gathered at Millville Waterfront Park to watch a movie on a big screen.

This event kicks off a week of events dedicated to Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

The holiday is celebrated every year on June 19th.

Both the city’s Quality of Life department and Minority PC held the event to bring the community together and talk about the significance of the holiday.

“To highlight a historic moment in American history and also to partner with Minority PC to involve the community, especially young people and connect them with the past. So that they will become more well-rounded individuals and help us become a premier city,” said Sean DePalma, Quality of Life Director for Panama City.

”I’m excited to have our Juneteenth celebration. This is our second year that the community has come together to do something to bring awareness of what Juneteenth actually is. That is the celebration of freedom for all. So our people were not free until 1865 in June is when Texas found out they were free. So to bring that awareness and that black history and to celebrate that great accomplishment; that great change is a wonderful thing.” said Alesia Rhodes, Minority PC Founder.

Movie nights will also be held both Wednesday at R.L. Turner Park and Thursday at Henry Davis Park. The festivities will wrap up Saturday with a parade to officially celebrate the holiday.

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