celebrates black emancipation
The cultural history of African American life along the American
River will be commemorated in a Juneteenth celebration from 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Negro Bar State Park in
Reclaiming the Past: African Americans Along the American River
is a tribute to California’s African American Gold Rush era
pioneers. It’s also designed to enlist community support for
an interpretive center at Negro Bar State Park. Negro Bar was named
for a sand bar on the American River where Negro miners first found
gold in 1849.
Juneteenth activities include: an open microphone for poets, a Buffalo
Soldier presentation, historical lectures and gold-mining camp replications.
The event has numerous community sponsors including California State
University, Sacramento. Participants are encouraged to bring picnic
lunches, beverages and portable grills to the free event. There
are no food vendors on the premises. Alcohol and glass containers
are not permitted in the park.
For more information, call (916) 278-7302. For media assistance,
contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.